Come May Oprah Winfrey will be gracing "HARVAAAAARD UNIVERSITYYYYY"—that's how we imagine we'll say it—to speak at the school's commencement exercises. Yes, it's almost graduation time already, which means schools are revealing who their distinguished guests on campus will be. Harvard scored big with Oprah, but how are other schools stacking up? Let's look at some of the most high profile, intriguing and WTF options.
Nabbing the president is the big get of graduation season and three schools got Obama to speak at their ceremonies. Obama's going to Ohio State, Morehouse, and the U.S. Naval Academy this year, and will presumably tailor his speeches to the specifics of the schools. Morehouse, for instance, is a historically black school. We assume he'll talk military at the Naval Academy.
The Dalai Lama
If you can't get the president, how about the Dalai Lama? That's who's coming to Tulane's ceremony.
As we previously mentioned, Oprah's going to Harvard. We have to give it to those Cantabs, Oprah's pretty exciting. Check out her 2008 Standford address, and listen to the way she says "amazing." It sure will be.
His University of Virginia Valediction speech is bound to be good, right? Funny? On topic? Maybe poignant? Yeah, he's got this one.
The Mighty Mayors: Bloomberg and Booker
Yale and Stanford are going for big name mayors this year. Cory Booker will speak at Yale's Class Day and Michael Bloomberg will be the commencement speaker at Stanford. For Booker it's a chance to cement his hero status before his Senate run. For Bloomberg it's a farewell tour.
You would be lying to yourself if you said you didn't want Mary Poppins sending you off into the real world. The University of Colorado Boulder students are just that lucky.
Well, we'd honestly prefer to have Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself speak, her creator Joss Whedon—whose speech at Equality Now is worth a watch—might be good enough. He is going back to his alma mater, Wesleyan.
Famed ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, a.k.a. "The Russian" from Sex and the City, is speaking at Northwestern. This would be better if he were dancing. Misha's still got it.
Yup, Wesleyan has Angel's creator speaking, whereas Ithaca College has Angel himself.