Commencement + Convocation Speakers

Whether you are booking a speaker for your commencement or convocation, these speakers inspire students and the wider college community alike, offering advice and words of encouragement.

Bill Burnett

Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford and co-author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling book Designing Your Life

Dave Evans

Co-author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling book Designing Your Life

Javier Zamora

Memoirist, poet, and author of Solito, and a winner of the 2023 American Book Award.

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Ken Burns

Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

National Book Award-winning historian and #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist

Jenny Odell

New York Times-bestselling author of How to Do Nothing and Saving Time

Chris Smalls

Labor organizer and president and co-founder of the Amazon Labor Union

Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the critically-acclaimed bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste

Ed Yong

Pulitzer Prize-winner and bestselling author