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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

Boston Marathon Bombing Hero & Best-Selling Author

A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing and National Hero, Jeff shares his story in a presentation that will uplift and inspire.

Spinal Cord Injury-Recovering Athlete & Motivator

A world-renowned athlete and adventurer, speaker Grant Korgan continues to climb and ski around the globe after having suffered a spinal cord injury.

Public Intellectual & Best-Selling Author

Named by Essence magazine as one of the 50 most inspiring African Americans in the U.S., Michael Eric Dyson is also a best-selling author, one of the nation's most renowned public intellectuals, and he has revitalized the title with the...

Widow of Journalist Daniel Pearl

Pearl is a unique and versatile award-winning journalist who has written A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl, a gripping and profound narrative of her experience and the pursuit of those who captured and...

Politician & Founder of Citizens Energy Corporation

The oldest son of Robert F. Kennedy and a former Democratic congressman, Joseph P. Kennedy II devotes his energies to the nonprofit world.

Research Professor & Historian of Education

Diane Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and a prolific writer, who has published more than 500 articles and reviews for scholarly and popular publications on the subject. Ravitch is internationally acclaimed for...

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor & Amputee

On April 15, 2013, what is referred to as Marathon Monday in Boston, Heather Abbott of Newport, RI set out on an annual tradition with six friends. They would attend the Red Sox game, followed by a walk over to the Boston Marathon finish line to...

Nobel Laureate & Former President of the Soviet Union

One of the 20th century's most pivotal leaders, Pres. Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his extraordinary leadership and the democratic reforms that ended the Cold War. As a keynote speaker he continues to inspire the rest...

The Bernie Madoff Whistleblower

Harry Markopolos was catapulted into the spotlight as the man who blew the whistle on Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. Passionate about fixing the system and preventing future abuses, Markopolos speaks about the Madoff scheme and...

Academy Award-Winning Actor

One of the most prominent actors, directors and producers in Hollywood, Michael Douglas has repeatedly chosen to work on politically influential and controversial motion pictures. As a celebrity keynote speaker, long-time champion of social and...

Social Entrepreneur & Veteran

The founder of an NGO and a former Marine, Rye Barcott has the distinction of being both a warrior and a peacemaker, a juxtaposition he explores in the memoir It Happened on the Way to War.

Award-Winning Journalist

Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years in the industry, extending her work at various times to all media. She has made a success of challenging convention with her fresh insights on issues both close to home...

Political Activist, Entrepreneur & Public Servant

George P. Bush is the son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, the grandson of President George H.W. Bush, and the nephew of President George W. Bush. He is a political activist, proponent of public service, and literacy advocate.

Real Life Hero of Hotel Rwanda

Known as the "Rwandan Schindler," speaker Paul Rusesabagina saved countless lives during the Rwandan genocide. His story is chronicled in the film Hotel Rwanda.

Founder of Kanchi & The Ability Awards

A visually impaired social entrepreneur working to enhance the relationship between disability and society, Caroline has received several high profile awards in recognition of her work worldwide. She was the first Irish person to be appointed a...

16th US Surgeon General

A former US Surgeon General who created the first government-released report on obesity, speaker David Satcher works to eliminate racial disparities in healthcare.

Inspirational Educator & Author

The author of the memoir Nobody Don't Love Nobody, the story of her first teaching job at a school for homeless children, Stacey Bess shares a powerful message of mentorship and service.

Academy Award-Winning Actor & Social Activist

Oscar winner Dreyfuss has taught at Oxford, studied a wide range of subjects from history to politics, and is a driving force in the movement to bring civics back into the classrooms as well as creating a knowledgeable and engaged citizenry in...

Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Iranian Activist & Lawyer

An extraordinary woman of many firsts, Iranian lawyer and activist Ebadi has made history as the first Muslim to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her courageous defense of human rights in Iran. One of the most intelligent, passionate, and...

Environmental Advocate & Water Policy Expert

A globally recognized advocate on water quality and policy, speaker Alexandra Cousteau continues the work of her grandfather Jacques-Yves and father Philippe Cousteau.

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