Commencement 2016 Lineup: Here's Who Will Be Speaking At Graduation Ceremonies This Year


It's that time of year again: colleges and universities nationwide get ready to welcome big-name celebrities to get some free publicity from news outlets that pick up the speeches inspire the class of 2016.

We at HuffPost always strive to bring you the best speeches each year, so we've been busy compiling a list of where famous actors, journalists, politicians and TV stars are going to be speaking. You can take a look at who is scheduled for this year in the list below.

Oprah Winfrey - Johnson C. Smith University
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May 15, 2016
Matt Damon - MIT
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June 3, 2016
Wendell Pierce (Actor) - Rutgers at Newark
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May 18, 2016
David Remnick (New Yorker editor) - Claremont McKenna College
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May 14, 2016
President Barack Obama - Rutgers University
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May 15, 2016
Bill Moyers (Journalist) - Rutgers University
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May 15, 2016
Sonia Sotomayor (SCOTUS) - University of Rhode Island
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May 22, 2016
Paul Ryan - Carthage College
Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
May 22, 2016
Ernest Moniz (Energy Secretary) - Iowa State University
Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters
May 7, 2016
Steven Spielberg - Harvard
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May 26, 2016
Tavis Smiley (Commentator/PBS Host) - DePauw University
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May 22, 2016
President Barack Obama - Howard University
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May 7, 2016
John Lewis (Civil Rights Icon) - Bates College
Gary Cameron / Reuters
May 29, 2016
Hoda Kotb (NBC News Host) - Tulane University
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May 14, 2016
Harry Edwards (Civil Rights Activist) - San Jose State University
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May 28, 2016
Michelle Obama - CUNY - City College
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June 3, 2016
Jill Biden - Northern Virginia Community College
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May 14, 2016
Cory Booker - George Washington University
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May 15, 2016
David Lynch (Film Director) - Maharishi University of Management
Andrew Kelly / Reuters
June 18, 2016
Spike Lee - Johns Hopkins University
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May 18, 2016
Arne Duncan (Ex-Education Secretary) - City Colleges Chicago
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April 30, 2016
Charlie Rose (TV Journalist) - University of the South
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May 6, 2016
Mike Krzyzewski - Duke University
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May 15, 2016
Sheryl Sandberg ("Lean In" Author) - UC Berkeley
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May 14, 2016
Kate Moses (Founding editor of - University of the Pacific
University of the Pacific
May 14, 2016
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (NBA Legend) - Drew University
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May 14, 2016
John Kerry - Northeastern University
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May 6, 2016

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