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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.


Award-Winning Actor, Lost

An award-winning actor known for his role as "Benjamin Linus" in the hit series Lost, Michael Emerson is a 2009 Emmy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a 2010 Golden Globe nominee for Best Performance by an Actor...

Journalist & Activist

In addition to having built an illustrious journalistic career, George Clooney's father, speaker Nick Clooney, shares his son's dedication to promoting human rights.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner

As President of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari helped steer the nation in its accession to the EU. He is known for his efforts in international peace mediation and conflict resolution.

President of Emerson College & Inspirational Speaker

Lee Pelton is a nationally and internationally known speaker and writer on the value of a liberal education and the importance of leadership development, civic engagement, and diversity in higher education. He came to Emerson on July 1, 2011,...

Urban Revitalization Strategist

Named among the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, speaker Majora Carter hosts the Peabody Award-winning public radio series "The Promised Land."

ESPN Analyst & Former NBA Player

Current ESPN/ABC studio analyst and former 13-year NBA veteran Jalen Rose is one of the select professional athletes to maintain a high profile post-retirement. Long known for his post-game quotes and great relationship with the media, Rose...

Grandson of Nelson Mandela, Founder of Africa Rising Foundation

As the grandson to Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela is ensuring that his grandfather’s legacy lives on through his continuing work to ensure Africa’s brighter future. Among Ndaba’s efforts is the Founding of the Africa Rising Foundation, an...

Transformative Presentation

I Am The Change is an exciting program that exemplifies how “the power of one” can transform the world.

Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi & President of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute

Dr. Arun Gandhi is proof that one can change his ways. Although he is the grandson of the legendary Mohandas Gandhi, he overcame tremendous prejudice and anger in order to become the founder and president of the Gandhi Worldwide Education...

Senior National Correspondent, ABC News & White House Correspondent, Fusion

Award-winning journalist Jim Avila is the Senior National Correspondent at ABC News and White House correspondent for Fusion, the ABC/Univision joint venture that launched in 2013. Avila shares his insights with audiences on the role of the media...

Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker, Cultural Critic & Journalist

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Host of the popular show Finding Your Roots, Professor Gates is one...

Wall Street Journal Columnist & Former Facebook Executive

Called "one of the best hires I ever made" by Facebook founding president Sean Parker, speaker Kevin Colleran creatively monetized the site without hampering user experience.

Chairman, Special Olympics

Tim Shriver is a social leader, an educator, author, film producer, and entrepreneur. He is the Chairman of Special Olympics, and in that capacity he serves with over 4.4 million Special Olympics athletes and their families in 170 countries.

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