The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2012:
- Alcorn State University: Xernona Clayton, a television host and executive at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; and Randal Pinkett, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of BCT Partners.
- California State University at Monterey Bay: Economist Alice Rivlin, founding director of the Congressional Budget Office.
- Central Michigan University: Brian Calley, Michigan’s lieutenant governor; Steven Triezenberg, director of Van Andel Education Institute; John Kulhavi, wealth management adviser at Merrill Lynch; and Joseph Wang, professor of nanoengineering at the University of California at San Diego.
- Claremont Graduate University: Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.
- College of the Holy Cross: Paul Farmer, founding director of Partners In Health.
- Eckerd College: Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer who is former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- Mississippi College: Dan Grafton, the retired president and CEO of Vertex Aerospace; and Jerry Rankin, the Southern Baptist leader.
- National Labor College: Reverend James Lawson, the civil rights activist.
- New England College: Andre Dubus III, the writer.
- School of Visual Arts: Laurie Anderson, the artist and musician.
- University of Hartford: U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, and Lewis Hyde, the poet and cultural critic.
- Wellesley College: Melissa Harris-Perry, the MSNBC host and Nation columnist.
Willamette University: Gloria Rodriguez, the founder and former CEO of AVANCE, a nonprofit organization providing education and family support services to predominantly Hispanic families in low-income, at-risk communities.