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APB's commencement speakers deliver inspirational keynotes drawn from a lifetime of achievement that reflect on the significance and prestige of a college or university's big day. From thought leaders to professional athletes to the media elite, entertainers, and world leaders, APB's commencement speakers share a common thread as the leaders of their respective fields.

Commencement

Entrepreneur & First Female Private Space Explorer

Speaker Anousheh Ansari is both the first female private space explorer and the first Iranian astronaut. She also co-founded Telecom Technologies and Prodea Systems.

Award-Winning Actor of Arrested Development, The Hangover & Transparent

A veteran of film, television, and the Broadway stage, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor is one of the most iconic and respected character actors of his generation. He has appeared in The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested...

Star of The Big Bang Theory & Neuroscientist

Talented and multifaceted, Mayim Bialik - best known for her roles on Blossom and The Big Bang Theory - has a Ph.D. in neuroscience, studies Judaism and practices natural living.

Branding Visionary & Founder of FUBU

Credited with creating the urban apparel market, corporate speaker Daymond John is the founder of FUBU and the branding guru on ABC's Shark Tank.

ABC News Veteran and Host of What Would You Do?

Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights, and a powerful presence, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most inspiring keynotes in the speaking world today. His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying...

Anchor, Anderson Cooper 360°

As host of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, speaker Anderson Cooper presents the news in an unconventional and wide-ranging format.

COO, Vice Media & Former Deputy Chief of Staff For Operations, Obama Administration

The youngest woman ever to be Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations at the White House, Alyssa Mastromonaco is a bona fide trailblazer who's keen ability to measure and take calculated risks helped not only to keep our country running throughout a...

Host of NOVA ScienceNow & Founder of Yahoo Tech

David Pogue is Yahoo's tech columnist and an Emmy Award-winning tech correspondent for PBS News. He hosts NOVA ScienceNow.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Author

Ron Suskind is a unique talent: A Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, best-selling author, teacher, essayist and one of the best speakers in the country. He is among our most honored journalists, having written several of America’s most important...

First Female President of Liberia & Nobel Peace Laureate

Africa's "Iron Lady," President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first woman to lead an African nation. She won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Social Entrepreneur & Motivational Leader

Acclaimed author Wes Moore is a veteran, Rhodes Scholar and the founder of BridgeEDU. His most recent book, The Work, debuted at No. 15 on the New York Times Best Seller List and is a collection of, “…incredibly valuable lessons...

Founder of Monster.com & Eons.com

As founder of Monster.com and Eons.com, speaker Jeff Taylor is recognized as a visionary business leader. He advises businesses on how to break away from the competition.

Legendary Journalist & News Anchor

One of the most renowned reporters of our time, Emmy-winning Dan Rather has experience and perspective few can match. He offers insight into world events and the significance of journalism today.

Co-Founder, Economic Security Project

Social media pioneer. Master of disruption. Editorial reformist. Noted philanthropist. Chris Hughes is the embodiment of today’s brightest young innovators and represents the forward-thinking entrepreneurship and disruptive dogma that is aptly...

Inner-City Youth & Education Advocate

Profiled on 60 Minutes & featured in the documentary Waiting for Superman, Geoffrey Canada is the former President & CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, an agency that works to better the future of inner-city youth.

Former Presidential Candidate & Consumer Advocate

A former Green Party candidate for president, Ralph Nader fights for the people on the issues that matter most: healthcare, safety, environment, ethics, education, and economic & social equality.

CNN Chief National Correspondent

John King is the anchor of CNN's John King, USA, offering in-depth analysis, discussion & commentary on a blend of politics, national & world affairs, and social, cultural & media trends.

Pulitzer Nominee, Award-Winning Author & Reporter

Best known as the author of the New York Times bestseller The Butler: A Witness to History, Wil Haygood is a distinguished writer whose career has spanned decades. He was an associate producer on the film adaptation of his book, ...

President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice

The first female president of Ireland and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, speaker Mary Robinson is a global humanitarian and renowned world leader.

Best-Selling Author

One of America's literary sensations, Meltzer is the author of four best-selling legal thrillers: The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, Dead Even, The Millionaires, and The Zero Game. With wit and humor, Meltzer...

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