Class of 2013 celebrates graduation with lopsided commencement speakers list Live

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by Sarah.Murphy on May 16, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Vice President Joe Biden US Air Force Academy and University of Pennsylvania


Vice President Joe Biden speaks to service members at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Aug. 24, 2011. Biden is speaking to the 2013 class at the US Air Force Academy on May 29 and spoke to the University of Pennsylvania graduating class on May 13. President Obama is speaking to the US Naval Academy and at Ohio State University (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse).  
by Sharon Kehnemui on May 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

New York City Mayor Michael BloombergKenyon College and Stanford


Mayor Michael Bloomberg walks with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at New York City's Pride March in New York on June 24, 2012.
Bloomberg is addressing the graduating class of Kenyon College in Ohio on May 18 and Stanford University on June 16. Bloomberg donated to both major political parties during the 2012 elections, placing him in the middle of the spectrum
(Photo by Lev Radin/Shutterstock).
by Sharon Kehnemui on May 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Arianna Huffington, publisherSmith College


Arianna Huffington,
founder of the Huffington Post, is addressing Smith College on May 19. HuffPo reported on March 21 that the "exclusive, women's liberal arts college has rejected a transgender applicant because a government financial aid document still registers her as male" (Photo by Albert H. Teich/Shutterstock).
by Sharon Kehnemui on May 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Billie Jean King, tennis pro, activistWilliams College


Williams College announced in March that
"sports icon and social justice advocate" Billie Jean King was chosen as the principal speaker at the school's 224th Commencement Exercise on Sunday, June 2. King donated over $10,000 to liberal candidates and grounds in the 2012 elections
(Photo by Anthony Correia/Shutterstock).
by Sharon Kehnemui on May 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)Vassar College

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, seen here in December 2010 alongside Democratic senators touting passage of the James Zadroga 9/11
health and compensation bill, is giving the commencement address at Vassar College on May 26. Gillibrand is among eight Democratic elected officials, besides the president and vice president, to give 10 commencement speeches this year. Four elected Republicans were delivering addresses in 2013 (Photo by gillibrand.senate.gov).
by Sharon Kehnemui on May 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Robert Zoellick, former George W. Bush administration official
withdrew from Swarthmore commencement address


Robert Zoellick, who was the US Trade Representative for George W.
Bush and served as president of The World Bank, appears at the 47th Munich Security Conference in 2011. Zoellick pulled out of delivering the commencement address at his alma mater, Swarthmore College, in April after students protested that his support for the Iraq war puts him at odds with the school's Quaker roots. (Photo by Harald Dettenborn/CC-BY-3.0).
by Sharon Kehnemui on May 13, 2013 at 5:28 PM

George R. Roberts, entrepreneur
Claremont McKenna College


Entrepreneur George R.
Roberts, co-founder of Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co., a graduate and major philanthropist to Claremont McKenna College was named the  commencement speaker for the school's 66th a
nnual ceremonies on May 18. Roberts was the only speaker at a liberal arts school who donated only to conservatives during the 2012 election (Photo courtesy of Business Wire).
by Sharon Kehnemui on May 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and Mark KellyBard College


President Obama speaks with former Rep.
Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, in the Oval Office after they testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence on Jan. 30. The couple will be at Bard College in New York for commencement ceremonies on May 25 (Photo by Pete Souza/White House).
by Sharon Kehnemui on May 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Thomas Tull, film company executive
Hamilton College


Thomas Tull poses at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hangover" at
Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, on June 2, 2009. Tull, chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures, which produced "Batman: The Dark Knight," among other films, is addressing his alma mater, Hamilton College, on May 26. Tull donated more than $30,000 to the Democratic Party before the 2012 elections (Photo by S Bukley/Shutterstock).
by Sharon Kehnemui on May 13, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Jon Lovett, screenwriter, former Obama speechwriter
Pitzer College




Executive producer Jon Lovett takes part in a panel discussion of NBC Universal's new series "1600 Penn" during the 2013 Winter Press Tour for the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, California, on Jan 6. Lovett, a former speechwriter for President Obama, is speaking to Pitzer College, one of the Claremont colleges, on May 26 (Photo by Reuters).
 
by Sharon Kehnemui on May 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Joss Whedon, screenwriter, directorWesleyan College



Joss Whedon seen here at Fox's "Glee" spring premiere soiree at Bar Marmont in West Hollywood, CA on April 12, 2010, created
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and wrote "Toy Story" and "The Avengers," among other films. He is speaking at his alma mater, Wesleyan College, on May 26. Whedon donated to Obama and multiple state Democratic parties during the 2012 election cycle (Photo by S Bukley/Shutterstock). 
by Sharon Kehnemui on May 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Howard Gordon, producerConnecticut College


"Homeland" producers, including Howard Gordon
(third from left), pose in the press room of the 2012 Emmy Awards at Nokia Theater on Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles, CA. Gordon is speaking to the class of 2013 at Connecticut College on May 19.  Gordon donated to Elizabeth Warren’s campaign in 2012 (Photo by Helga Esteb/Shutterstock).
by Sharon Kehnemui on May 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Valerie Jarrett, Obama presidential adviserWellesley College


Senior adviser to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, arrives for the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year, in New York, April 23.
She is addressing Wellesley College's May 31 commencement (Photo by Reuters)
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by Sharon Kehnemui on May 14, 2013 at 1:13 PM
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