List of 2013 Commencement Speakers

List of 2013 Commencement Speakers

President Barack Obama – Ohio State University –  Columbus, Ohio
“I dare you, Class of 2013, to do better. I dare you to dream bigger.”

Actress Julie Andrews – University of Colorado – Boulder, CO
“Be an ambassador for the kind of world that you want to live in”

Philanthropist Melinda Gates – Duke University – Durham, N.C.
“Reject the cynics”

Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke – Bard College at Simon’s Rock – Great Barrington, MA
“Success [comes from] constant adaptation and creativity in a rapidly changing world”

TV Personality Stephen Colbert – University of Virginia – Charlottesville, VA
“Every generation must define itself. Choose the hard path.”

Religious Leader Dalai Lama – Tulane University – New Orleans, LA
“Our hopes for the future rest on your shoulders”

President Barack Obama – Morehouse College – Atlanta, GA
“Inspire those who look up to you to expect more of themselves”

President Barack Obama – U.S. Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD
Fashion Designer Vera Wang – Sarah Lawrence College – Bronxville, NY

Entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey  – Harvard University – Cambridge, MA

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg – Stanford University – Stanford, CA