The 25 Coolest Commencement Speakers Taking The Stage This May

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College graduation season is right around the corner, and by this point, most schools have announced their commencement speakers.While some student bodies are not too pleased with their schools’ selections, we think most of the 2012 lineup is pretty impressive.

We’ve compiled a list of the coolest speakers at major schools for the class of 2012.

Reid Hoffman, Executive Chairman of LinkedIn, will speak at Babson College

President Barack Obama will speak at Barnard College

Walter Isaacson, the man who wrote Steve Jobs' biography, will speak at Cooper Union

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will speak at Cornell University

Time Magazine editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria will speak at Duke University

'NBC Nightly News' anchor and 'Rock centre' host Brian Williams will speak at George Washington University

Ira Glass, producer and host of 'This American Life', will speak at Goucher College

Time Magazine editor-at-large Fareed Zakaria will speak at Harvard University

Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, the Saudi Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, will speak at Lehigh University

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will speak at N.Y.U.

Funnyman Steve Carell will speak at Princeton

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz will speak at Rutgers University

Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, will speak at Scripps College

'Glee' star Jane Lynch will speak at Smith College

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak at Southern Methodist University

Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker will speak at Stanford University

Aaron Sorkin, the man behind 'The Social Network,' will speak at Syracuse University

CNN correspondent Soledad O'Brien will speak at the University of Delaware

CNN reporter Sanjay Gupta will speak at the University of Michigan

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will speak at the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill

Geoffrey Canada, CEO of Harlem Children's Zone, will speak at the University of Pennsylvania

Katie Couric, special correspondent for ABC News, will speak at the University of Virginia

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and U.S. Senator Mark Warner will speak at Virginia Tech

Legendary ABC news anchor Barbara Walters will speak at Yale University

These commencement speakers will also take the stage

  • Larry Lucchino, President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, will speak at Bentley University
  • Deborah Bial, founder of The Posse Foundation, will speak at Brandeis
  • Paul Buchheit, the man who created Gmail, will speak at Case Western Reserve
  • N.R. Narayana Murthy, InfoSystems founder, will speak at Claremont McKenna
  • Mark Murphy, Green Bay Packers CEO, will speak at Colgate University
  • Rick MacArthur, president and publisher of Harper's Magazine, will speak at Columbia University
  • Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and humanitarian, will speak at Emory University
  • Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will speak at Georgia Tech
  • Caribbean novelist Jamaica Kincaid will speak at Grinnell College
  • A.G. Lafley, former chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble Co., will speak at Hamilton College
  • Robert Bollinger, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor of infectious diseases, will speak at Haverford College
  • Samuel Palmisano, chairman of the IBM board, will speak at Johns Hopkins University
  • Playwright Athol Fugard will speak at Juiliard
  • Jack Weatherford, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Anthropology, will speak at Macalester College
  • Bill Strickland, the 1996 recipient of a MacArthur 'Genius' award, will speak at Middlebury College
  • Paul Farmer, physician, anthropologist, and Harvard professor, will speak at Northwestern University
  • Haley Scott DeMaria, a Notre Dame alumna who recovered from critical injuries, will speak at Notre Dame
  • Thomas R. Frieden, director of the centres for Disease Control, will speak at Oberlin College
  • Kwame Anthony Appiah, an internationally known philosopher and author, will speak at Occidental College
  • U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter will speak at Pomona College
  • Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, will speak at Rice University
  • Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage will speak at Sarah Lawrence
  • EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will speak at Tulane University
  • Ronald Noble, the head of INTERPOL, will speak at the University of New Hampshire
  • Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, will speak at the University of Puget Sound
  • Jessica Jackley, co-founder of a peer-to-peer micro-lending website, will speak at U.C.L.A.
  • Mike Peters, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, will speak at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Senator Michael Bennet will speak at Wesleyan University
  • Atul Gawande, a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher, will speak at Williams College
  • William Robinson, president of the American Bar Association, will speak at Xavier University

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