The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2013:
- Cooper Union:  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
- Lehigh University:  Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist, space exploration advocate and author.
- McNally Smith College of Music: Yancey Strickler, founder of Kickstarter.
- Smith College:  Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group.
- Sweet Briar College:  Allida M. Black, executive editor of fdr4freedoms Digital Resource , an online education and advocacy program dedicated to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s "Four Freedoms."
- Whitman College:  Eric Idle, the actor and writer.
- Wilson College:  Sylvia A. Earle, former chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- Youngstown State University:  Ed O'Neill, the actor.