The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers:
- Antioch University Los Angeles: Karen Bass, former speaker of the California Assembly.
- Bay Path College:  Michael J. Kittredge, founder and chairman emeritus of the Yankee Candle Company.
- Howard University:  Harold Ford Jr., former U.S. representative.
- Mohawk Valley Community College:  Liz Murray, the inspiration for the movie “Homeless to Harvard."
- State University of New York at New Paltz:  Gary King, professor of political science at Harvard University.
- University of Massachusetts at Boston:  Victoria Reggie Kennedy, wife of the late U. S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate.
- University of North Dakota: U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
- University of Richmond:  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
- University of the South:  Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek.