The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2012:
- Chapman University: Larry Billman, Disney live entertainment director/writer; Donald R. Booth, a professor of business and economics at the university; Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, chief justice of California; and Ocean Robbins, environmental activist, founder and director of YES!
- Occidental College:  Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurance S. Rockefeller University professor of philosophy at Princeton University.
- Sacred Heart University:  Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus.
- Thomas Jefferson School of Law: Barry E. Hill, senior counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Walden University:  Óscar Arias Sánchez, former president of Costa Rica.
- Yale University:  Barbara Walters, correspondent for ABC News.