Who will be addressing graduates at the eight Ivy League universities this commencement season? Wonder no more. Each and every year, our nation’s top universities compete for who will land the best commencement speaker. Maybe it’ll be a politician. Or a comedian. Or an author or athlete. Maybe it’ll be an alum of the university or someone who can speak to a hot topic of the moment. Maybe it’ll be a dropout of the university. Or maybe just maybe it’ll be Lady Gaga. Who knows. But the picks are in for the Ivy League schools for 2018 and we’ve got them for our readers. Here they are…
2018 Ivy League Commencement Speakers
At the University of Pennsylvania, it will not be the President of the United States who addresses his alma mater. Rather, it will be a journalist — Andrea Mitchell, the Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for “NBC News.” Mitchell is an alumna of the now defunct Penn College for Women and she’s a former trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. At Princeton University, it will be U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey who addresses graduates. Booker served as the commencement speaker last year at the University of Pennsylvania.
At Yale University, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak at Class Day. The speaker for Columbia University, as is tradition, will be the school’s president Lee Bollinger (some traditions can surely end, Columbia!). Mindy Kaling, star of “The Office” and “The Mindy Project,” will address graduates at her alma mater, Dartmouth College. Congressman John Lewis, an American civil rights icon, will speak at Harvard University. Two students will address graduates at Brown University as per tradition (can you say snoozefest?). And “Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay will speak before graduates of Cornell University. She sure beats two student speakers, wouldn’t you say?
Harvard and Dartmouth Land the Best 2018 Commencement Speakers
So of the eight Ivy League schools, which school landed the best graduation speaker? That’s certainly up for debate but it’s surely not Columbia or Brown. Who wants to hear from two graduates when you can hear from a civil rights icon? Who wants to hear from a university president when you can hear from the most prominent Indian American female comedian of our time? We give our award to Harvard for securing the commencement speaker with the most gravitas. Congressman John Lewis marched at the side of Martin Luther King Jr. and has devoted his life to championing the cause of civil rights in America. His life’s narrative is a profile in courage. Honorable mention? Dartmouth’s Mindy Kaling. We have a feeling she’s going to bring down the house much like how Conan O’Brien brought down the house when he addressed graduates of Dartmouth several years ago from behind a tree trunk. If you haven’t seen that address, check it out below because, well, it’s fantastic.