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If you are graduating from Miami Dade College in May of 2011, President Obama will be your commencement speaker. He’s also scheduled to deliver the commencement speech to U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates. Did you know, it’s a long standing tradition that sitting Presidents address the graduating class at one of the federal service academies on an annual rotating basis? Last year, President Obama delivered the commencement speech to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

While he’s busy preparing those speeches, the First Lady will preparing to deliver commencement speeches to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, University of Northern Iowa and Spelman College. Former President Bill Clinton will be the delivering a speech to NYU graduates this spring. He will also be speaking at my alma mater, the University of Central Missouri’s commencement exercises for graduate students. Former vice president Al Gore will deliver the Commencement address at Hamilton College this year. Former First Lady Laura Bush will be the key note speaker at Grove City College Commencement ceremony.

The Class of 2011 Emory University graduates will be hearings a speech from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. House Speaker John Boehner will be delivering the commencement address at Ohio State University. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has a busy spring schedule while preparing to speak at the University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma and Washington State University.

Now we will move onto the celebrity commencement appearances. After reading this bit of graduation news, I found myself wishing I were a Yale graduate this year. Well, who wouldn’t want a degree from Yale, but this year’s 2011 Class Day speaker is Tom Hanks. Last year, Bill Clinton delivered Yale’s Day Speech. Harvard University 2011 grads will enjoy a Day speech from comedian Amy Phoehler. And for those that have forgotten, Brooke Shields is a 1987 graduate of Princeton University. She will also be a part of graduation weekend at Princeton this year, delivering the Class Day address.

Any Lance Armstrong fans out there? He’s giving the commencement speech at High Point University on May 7th. I wonder if he will wear his yellow jersey as he walks onto the podium? Last but not least, Denzel Washington will speak at the University of Pennsylvania. Stephen Colbert will deliver the commencement address to Northwestern University, his alma mater.

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By Michaela
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Name: Amanda
Location: University of Iowa
Location: Uh, Michelle Obama is speaking at the University of NORTHERN Iowa, not the University of Iowa. Two different things.

Name: Joyce
Location: Thank you for pointing that out, Amanda. We stand corrected (and will be making the change in the blog post for future readers).

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