Who is the Commencement speaker?


By tradition, Yale does not have a Commencement speaker, although an exception is made when a sitting president is awarded an honorary degree, as was the case in 2001. Yale College Class Day, which takes place the Sunday before Commencement, features a notable speaker chosen with undergraduates’ input. Class Day speakers have included Senator Cory Booker; television journalists Fareed Zakaria, Barbara Walters, and Anderson Cooper; Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power; authors Christopher Buckley, Thomas Wolfe, and Chimamanda Adichie; Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Rodham Clinton; actors Jodie Foster and Tom Hanks; Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein; and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden. A list of previous Class Day speakers can be found here.