Amy Poehler, Tom Hanks, and Denzel Washington are all speaking at college graduations. Who would you have picked for your commencement?
I am incredibly jealous of Harvard’s class of 2011. No, not because they go to a famous school in Boston (well, not in Boston, but nearby. No, not Tufts!), or because they’ve got two glorious months of college left before they’re thrust out into the real world. Instead, my jealousy stems from the fact that those lucky Ivy Leaguers have scored an amazing Class Day speaker: Amy Poehler, star of Parks and Recreation. This is possibly the best thing to potentially ever happen to anyone anywhere in the history of the universe.
But Harvard’s graduation isn’t the only commencement that’s getting an injection of star power this year. Here’s an incomplete list of the boldfaced names that will be orating before cap and gown-clad masses come May:
Tom Hanks (Yale)
Denzel Washington (Penn)
Stephen Colbert (Northwestern)
Barack Obama (Miami Dade College)
Michelle Obama (Spelman College, which also plans to give honorary degrees to Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad)
Bill Clinton (NYU)
Malcolm Gladwell (Cooper Union)
Alton Brown (New England Culinary Institute)
Jim Lehrer (Shepherd University)And those are just the ones that have been announced already. Though there’s a severe Alec Baldwin deficiency here, it’s an enviable list otherwise. Which got me thinking — who do you wish had spoken at your college graduation? Personally, I can’t imagine a speaker much better than Poehler, unless Bossypants Tina Fey or my number one friend crush Mindy Kaling decided to throw their hats into the commencement speech ring. And I’m certainly not still bitter that the affiliated college across the street snagged Meryl Streep for their Class Day the same year I graduated. Nope. Not bitter at all. How about you, PopWatchers? Who would have been your dream commencement speaker? And which of the stars listed above do you think is going to give the best speech?