The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2011:
- Alabama Southern Community College: Rod A. Risley, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa.
- Dominican College: Ethan Zohn, co-founder of Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit organization that trains professional soccer players to teach African children about HIV/AIDS.
- Hamilton College: Al Gore, former vice president of the United States.
- John Carroll University: The Rev. Timothy P. Kesicki, provincial superior of the newly combined Chicago-Detroit Province of Jesuits.
- Messiah College: Amy L. Sherman, senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research.
- Rutgers University at Newark: Annette Gordon-Reed, professor of law and history at Harvard University.
- Smith College: Sylvia Earle, explorer in residence at National Geographic Society.
- Whitworth University: Deborah J. Wilds, president and COO of the College Success Foundation.