• May 3rd - General Colin Powell at High Point University



It is that time of the year!  College students all over the world are making their transition to the next phase of their lives this and next month.  Dressed in gowns and caps, they proudly take the walk to receive their degrees and listen to inspirational send off commencement speeches. Students receive words of wisdom and encouragement from accomplished individuals from all walks of life.  Commencement speakers range from educators to corporate executives, government officials, celebrities and more.  Whether famous or not, graduates often remember their commencement speaker and look back fondly to this day often recalling vividly parts of the speech. Check back with us as we will add speeches given throughout the graduation season.

Manifest Magazine would like to wish the Class of 2014 much success and happiness as you go out and face the world. Dear to dream big, live life, map out your individual path and enjoy the journey!

Below we have listed of  some of this year’s high profile speakers.


May 3rd

  • General Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State at High Point University
  • Jesse Jackson Senior, Civil Rights Icon at Wilberforce University
  • Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States at Miami Dade College

May 9th

  • Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States at University of South Carolina

May 10th

May 11th

  • Jay Leno, Former NBC Tonight Talk Show Host & Comedian at Emerson College

May 17th

  • Wynton Marsalis, Jazz Musician, Grammy Winner and Pulitzer Prize Recipient at Tulane University
  • Bill Nye, The Science Guy at University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Forest Whitaker, Oscar Winning Actor at Miami University

May 18th

  • Katie Curic, Journalist and Television Personality at Trinity College
  • Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos Quarterback, NFL MVP at University of Virginia
  • Soledad O’ Brien, Journalist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist at Spelman University

May 19th

  • John Kerry, US Secretary of State at Boston College
  • John Legend, Nine – Time Grammy Award Winning Musician at University of Pennsylvania

May 20th

  • Fareed Zakaria, Host of CNN’s International Affairs Program, Columnist and Bestselling Author at Sarah Lawrence College

May 22nd

  • Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland at University of Maryland

May 24th

  • Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica at Lafayette College
  • Bill Clinton, Former President of The United States at New York University Abu Dhabi

May 29th

  • Michael Bloomberg, Former Mayor of New York City at Harvard University

June 2nd

  • Al Gore, Former Vice President of The United States at Princeton University

June 8th

  • Shonda Rhimes, TV Producer, Golden Globe winner, Creator of ABC hits Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal at Dartmouth College

June 14th

  • Barack Obama, President of the United States at University of California, Irvine

June 15th

  • Bill and Melinda Gates, Philanthropist at Stanford University