It seems we’re not the only ones who’ve noticed an atypical number of female commencement speakers on college campuses this graduation season. In the age of #MeToo, it’s something we’re quite happy to see! As AJ Willingham reports in a piece entitled “In a tumultuous and triumphant year, women are dominating as college commencement speakers” for “CNN” she writes, “2018 has indeed been shaping up to be the year of the woman. Entertainment events have been dominated by talk of #MeToo, of survivorship and sisterhood, of excellence and equality. Women are taking their political convictions to the streets with renewed vigor, and a historic number of women are running for office in this year’s midterm elections. And behind podiums across the country this spring, women from every professional and political stripe will be sharing their stories with graduating college classes.” So who exactly are the women who will be addressing graduates of the Class of 2018? Wonder no more.
Notable 2018 Female Commencement Speakers
Secretary Hillary Clinton will address graduates of Yale University, the university at which she attended law school. Director of “A Wrinkle in Time” Ava DuVernay will speak before graduates of Cornell University. Comedian Mindy Kaling of “The Mindy Project” will stand before graduates of Dartmouth College, her alma mater. “NBC’s” intrepid foreign correspondent and Penn alumna Andrea Mitchell will address graduates at the University of Pennsylvania. Oprah Winfrey will address USC Annenberg grads. Writer Joyce Carol Oates will speak before graduates of the Columbia University School of the Arts. Olympic champion soccer player Abby Wambach will speak at Barnard’s graduation. Mayim Bialik, the actress, scientist, and rabbi (we attended one of her Yom Kippur services at UCLA years ago!), will address UCLA grads. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, will speak at MIT’s commencement ceremony. And the list goes on.
We applaud these universities for featuring women as their commencement speakers this graduation cycle. Too many of these speeches have been given by men over the years. It’s nice to see this new trend. May it continue for years and years to come!
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