Top ten ’10 commencement speakers

“Unlike most colleges and universities, Brown imports no Commencement speaker for the College ceremonies,” according to the university’s Commencement website (though we’ve ‘exported’: President Simmons has given commencement speech at multiple campuses). Last year, we got journo Fareed Zakaria for the baccalaureate address, (which is apparently very similar to, but not the same thing as, commencement?!), and the year before that it was Dave Eggers. This year’s speaker — who addresses only graduating seniors in a small ceremony, rather than the whole mess of PhDs, MDs, and family and friends at the big Commencement — has yet to be announced, but here’s a — completely subjective — list of the most interesting people addressing the class of ’10 on other campuses:

10) Vanderbilt University: Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns

9) Western Connecticut State University: Wyclef Jean, musician and producer

8 ) Vassar College: Lisa Kudrow, actress

7) Stanford University: Susan E. Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

6)  Marquette University, Wendy Kopp, founder and chief executive of Teach for America

5) University of Tennessee at Knoxville: Al Gore, environmental leader and 45th vice president

4) Grinnell College: Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University (The End of Poverty)

3) University of Notre Dame: Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News”

1) University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, President  Obama & The George Washington University, First Lady Michelle Obama

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