The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2012:
- Alfred State -- State University of New York College of Technology: Stephen Zawistowski, executive vice president for national programs at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
- Barnard College: Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times.
- Hilbert College: JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Meredith College: Silda Wall Spitzer, managing director at Metropolitan Capital Advisors and former first lady of New York State.
- Northwestern University: Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.