From Churchill to Oprah: the evolution of college commencement speakers
June 21, 2013
Now that the last tassel has been turned on the region’s robust college-commencement season, a snapshot of graduation speakers at several area schools during the past century shows how the choices have evolved amid broader cultural changes in the country. In the early years, leaders in politics, the arts, and education were often tapped to impart wisdom on this important milestone. More recently, celebrities, media stars, and technology innovators increasingly are represented. Harvard’s choice of speakers over the years hints at the shift.
Undergraduate commencement speaker, except when only graduate commencement or other relevant speaker is available.
Media & celebs
Speakers by area of expertise and College
Total number depending of available information by college