I love commencement season — not just because of the caps and gowns and excitement in the air, but also because it’s the time of year when local universities bring famous (or, well, semi-famous) folks to town to deliver the commencement address. While none of the speakers announced so far rivals Ira Glass (who spoke at Goucher in 2012), they make for an intriguing mix:
Johns Hopkins: Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube. Why this is cool: She’ll be just the fifth woman to serve as Johns Hopkins’ graduation speaker since 1974.
Stevenson: ABC News Anchor Byron Pitts, who you may recognize from his reporting appearances on Good Morning America, Nightline, and 20/20. Or from Morgan State’s 2013 commencement speech. Why this is cool: He’s a native Baltimorean!
Loyola: Mark Shriver, Senior VP of Save the Children. Why this is cool: He saves children!
Notre Dame: Carolyn Woo, CEO of Catholic Relief Services. Why this is cool: She saves children and adults!
UMBC: Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Why this is cool: During her tenure at NYU, Tisch students, faculty and alumni have won virtually every major award in the arts including the Oscar, Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, Grammy, Emmy, Peabody, Golden Globe, Guggenheim, Fulbright, National Medal of the Arts, National Medal of Humanities; she also fostered a 200% increase in the minority student population, and a tenfold increase in faculty diversity.
Other schools have not yet announced their speakers; we’ll update the list as more news becomes available.