The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2011:
- Emory University: Janet Napolitano, U.S. secretary of homeland security.
- Franklin & Marshall College: Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.).
- Northwestern University: Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report."
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Edward Osborne Wilson Jr., Harvard University professor and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction.