The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2012:
- Duke University:  Fareed Zakaria, the CNN anchor and Washington Post columnist.
- Loyola University Maryland:  Rev. Greg Boyle, founder and chief executive officer of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention program in the United States.
- Northeastern University:  Colin Powell, the retired four star general and former U.S. secretary of state.
- Rice University:  Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy.
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.