The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2013:
- Buffalo State College of the State University of New York: Carl Wilkens, founder of World Outside My Shoes, and Donna M. Fernandes, president and CEO of the Buffalo Zoo.
- California State University at Los Angeles: Terrence James Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine; and U.S. Representative Judy Chu, Democrat from California.
- Lindsey Wilson College: Roger Drake, the outgoing vice president of administration and finance.
- Marlboro College: Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.
- Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York: Lowell F. Hawthorne, president and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill.
- San Francisco State University: Larry Baer, president and CEO of the San Francisco Giants.
- Stevens Institute of Technology: Lawrence T. Babbio Jr., senior advisor at the financial services firm TAP Advisors LLC; and Stephen T. Boswell, president and CEO of Boswell Engineering, a civil and environmental engineering consulting firm.
- University of Denver: Michael Hancock, mayor of Denver; Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general; and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, Democrat from Colorado.