Curious which Ivy League university landed the best commencement speaker for 2019? Well, we’ll let you know the speaker at each of the eight Ivy League schools and then leave it for you to decide which institution won the annual sweepstakes. And if you happen to be curious who we believe delivered the greatest commencement speech in the history of the Ancient Eight institutions, our answer would be Conan O’Brien. O’Brien addressed Dartmouth College graduates in 2011 and what a speech it was!
Merkel, Krasinski, Ma Among 2019 Ivy League Commencement Speakers
Anyhow, as reports Amy Kaplan for The Daily Pennsylvanian in a piece entitled “From Angela Merkel to Bill Nye: commencement speakers across the Ivy League,” the leader of the free world will be addressing Harvard’s 2019 graduates. Yes, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, will speak at Harvard’s commencement exercises — the fourth German chancellor to do so at Harvard. Yo-Yo Ma, the remarkable cellist and a frequent visitor over the years to Dartmouth College, will address graduates of the College on the Hill. Ellie Kemper, an actress on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Office, will be the keynote speaker at Princeton University’s Class Day ceremony.
Another star of The Office, John Krasinski, will address grads of Brown University (Krasinski’s alma mater). Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a notable Nigerian author, will speak before graduates of Yale University. Bill Nye the Science Guy will address graduates of Cornell University. Bryan Stevenson, a distinguished human rights lawyer, will address graduates of the University of Pennsylvania. Columbia University — seemingly always last to the party — has yet to announce its 2019 commencement speaker.
So which Ivy League school landed the best commencement speaker? Well, that’s a matter of opinion and we encourage our readers to voice their thoughts by posting a Comment below. But if you asked us, Harvard is the clear winner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. And who won last year? Check out the 2018 Ivy League commencement speakers.