The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2013:
- California State University at Monterey Bay:  Robert Danziger, the sustainable energy pioneer, musician and inventor.
- Claremont Lincoln University:  Eboo Patel, president of Interfaith Youth Core.
- Guilford College:  Jeff Thigpen, who as a 27-year-old in 1998 became the youngest county commissioner in Guilford County’s history, and who is currently county register of deeds.
- Knox College:  Ed Helms, the actor.
- MGH Institute of Health Professions:  Rebecca Onie, co-founder and chief executive officer of Health Leads.
- Nazareth College: Thomas S. Richards, mayor of Rochester, N.Y.
- Saint Michael's College:  Mark Shields, the political analyst.