2016 is going to be quite a year for graduation ceremonies at Baltimore-area colleges and universities. Perhaps because of all the high-profile media attention the city got over the past year, we’ve wound up with an impressive slate of speakers–from Academy Award nominees to bestselling authors to politicans– planning on imparting their wisdom to eager graduates this year.
Here are some of the speakers who we expect will be particularly interesting and/or illuminating:
Johns Hopkins – Spike Lee, filmmaker extraordinaire, on May 18.
UMBC – Drew Faust, president of Harvard, on May 19.
Bowie State – John Lewis, Congressman and civil rights activist, on May 23.
Loyola University Maryland – Wes Moore, best-selling writer of The Other Wes Moore, on May 21.
University of Maryland – Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Amour (and a former Terp himself), on May 18.
Washington College – David Rubinstein, co-founder and co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, on May 21.
Stevenson University – Brad Synder, Afghanistan vet and paralympic swimmer, on May 19.