The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2011:
- Coker College:  Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund.
- College of the Atlantic:  Jane Alexander, the actress and former chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Mount St. Mary's College,  in California: Sister Judy Vaughan, founding director of Alexandria House, a Los Angeles organization offering assistance to women and children in need.
- St. Lawrence University:  Tom Brokaw, the former anchor of "NBC Nightly News."
- University of New England:  U.S. Representative Michael H. Michaud of Maine.
- Warren Wilson College:  Sylvia Earle, explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society.
- York College of Pennsylvania:  Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania.