TVNewser’s 2018 Guide to Graduation Speakers

By Alissa Krinsky 

In keeping with TVNewser tradition, we hereby present our eleventh annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at college and university commencements this year.

NBC’s Tom Brokaw had been scheduled to speak at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut May 13, but has withdrawn following Thursday’s report that he sexually harassed former colleague Linda Vester 24 years ago. The speeches start today, with:

CNN’s Van JonesLane College (TN), April 28


Former ABC/NBC’er Jack FordUniversity of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (PA), April 28

PBS’s Maria HinojosaLewis & Clark College (OR), May 5

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer:  Utah Valley University (UT), May 3… Robert Morris University (PA), May 6

CBS’s Margaret BrennanArizona State University – Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication (AZ), May 8

CBS’s David BegnaudUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA), May 11

CNN’s Jake TapperUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst (MA), May 11

CBS Special Contributor Oprah Winfrey:  University of Southern California – Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (CA), May 11

CNN’s Dana Bash: Franklin Pierce University (NH), May 12

Bloomberg’s Michael BloombergRice University (TX), May 12

CBS’s Jeff GlorSyracuse University – S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications (NY), May 12

CNN Commentator Maria CardonaUniversity of California, Merced – School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (CA), May 12

Former PBS/CNN’er Charlayne Hunter-GaultScripps College (CA), May 12

ABC’s David Muir:  University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI), May 12

PBS Anchor and NBC/MSNBC Analyst Robert CostaAmerican University – School of Public Affairs (DC), May 13

PBS’s Judy WoodruffRipon College (WI), May 13

NBC/MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell:  University of Pennsylvania (PA), May 14

ABC’s Deborah Roberts:  Hudson County Community College (NJ), May 17

FNC’s Arthel Neville:  University of Texas at Austin – Moody College of Communication (TX), May 18

ABC’s Byron PittsWinston-Salem State University (NC), May 18

NBC’s Kate SnowIona College – Graduate Ceremony (NY), May 19

CNN’s Michael SmerconishDelaware Valley University (PA), May 19

CNBC’s Jim Cramer:  Bucknell University (PA), May 20

NBC/MSNBC Analyst Howard FinemanGettysburg College (PA), May 20

CNN Analyst April Ryan:  Bennett College (NC), May 5… Claflin University (SC), May 12… Bard College at Simon’s Rock (MA), May 19… Goucher College (MD), May 25

CBS’s Bob SchiefferWilliams College (MA), June 3

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes:  City University of New York – Macaulay Honors College  (NY), June 7

NBC/MSNBC’s Katy TurUniversity of California, Santa Barbara – Humanities & Fine Arts/Social Sciences Ⅱ (CA), June 17

NBC’s Sheinelle Jones:  Northwestern University – Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications (IL), June 23