The following colleges and universities have announced their commencement speakers for spring 2014:
- Benedictine College,  in Kansas: Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University.
- High Point University:  Colin Powell, the former secretary of state and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Ithaca College:  Chris Regan, a writer for "Family Guy."
- Knox College:  Natasha Trethewey, poet laureate of the United States.
- Lehigh University:  Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post.
- Rice University:  Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA.
- St. Norbert College:  Chris Ayers, a film character designer and digital artist.