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2015's high-profile graduation speakers

By Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN

Updated 11:35 AM ET, Wed May 27, 2015
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Actor Robert De Niro addressed the class of 2015 during New York University's Tisch School of the Arts commencement ceremony on May 22, 2015. De Niro, who quit high school to pursue an acting career, told grads: "You made it — and, you're f—ed." Click through to see more big-name speakers at universities across the country. Mary Altaffer/AP
Rock star and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi performs a new song during graduation ceremonies at Rutgers University on May 21. Mel Evans/AP
Comedian Maya Rudolph addressed graduates of Tulane University in New Orleans on May 16. Sally Asher/Tulane University
First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address at Tuskegee University on May 9. She'll also speak at Oberlin College in Ohio on May 25. Brynn Anderson/AP
President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota, on May 8. South Dakota was the last of the 50 states Obama had not visited as president. He also spoke at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, on May 20. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivered a commencement address at the University of South Carolina in Columbia on May 8. Facebook
Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott also delivered a commencement address at the University of South Carolina on May 9. Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins was the graduation speaker for Pepperdine University's undergraduate Seaver College on May 2. Paul Drinkwater/NBCU/Getty Images
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta on May 2. Andrew Burton/Getty Images
NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe U.S. Gen. Philip M. Breedlove also spoke at Georgia Tech on May 2. Mindaugas Kulbis/AP
Walter Isaacson, author and president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, was the Senior Day speaker at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on May 7. Kimberly White/Getty Images for Vanity Fair
"Good Morning America" anchor Amy Robach addressed graduates from University of Georgia on May 8. Robach is a graduate of the Athens, Georgia, university. Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images
Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington delivered the commencement speech at Dillard University in New Orleans on May 9. Josh Brasted/Getty Images
Jason Kilar, the co-founder and CEO of Vessel and founding CEO of Hulu, delivered the commencement address at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on May 10. Kilar graduated from Carolina in 1993. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Paul Farmer, right, co-founder of Partners in Health, was the commencement speaker at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, on May 10. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Author and human rights advocate Salman Rushdie spoke at Emory University's commencement in Atlanta on May 11. Marcus Ingram/Getty Images
Filmmaker Ken Burns spoke at the commencement of Washington University in St. Louis on May 15. From Washington University
Actor Matthew McConaughey was the speaker at the University of Houston's commencement ceremony on May 15. The university was initially reluctant to release what McConaughey would be paid for the appearance, The Houston Chronicle reported, but eventually shared the details: $135,000, plus travel fees and commission for his agency. McConaughey is expected to give the money to his jk livin Foundation. Louis Dollagaray/MediaPunch/IPX/AP
Comedian Ed Helms, shown earlier, addressed graduates at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on May 15. Jason Koski/University Photography
Former U.S. President George W. Bush spoke at commencement at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on May 16. Pete Marovich/Getty Images
Paralympic skiing medalist, former White House official and author Bonnie St. John addressed graduates at Miami University in Ohio on May 16. Riccardo Savi/Getty Images
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, shown earlier, addressed students at Tufts University on May 16. Darren McCollester/Newsmakers/Getty Images
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at the commencement at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, on May 16. Rob Kim/Getty Images
Journalist Katie Couric, shown at an earlier event, spoke to graduates of the University of Wisconsin in Madison on May 16. Leah Puttkammer/Getty Images
Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered the commencement address at George Washington University in Washington on May 17. Alex Brandon/AP
Craig Melvin, a national correspondent for NBC's "Today," spoke at Wofford University in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on May 17. Melvin is a 2001 Wofford graduate. Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire/getty images
Actress Stephanie Courtney, known as Flo in commercials for Progressive Insurance, spoke at Binghamton University's commencement on May 17. Courtney graduated from the Binghamton, New York, university in 1992. Rich Polk/Getty Images for The Groundlings/File
Lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who guided the One Fund after the Boston Marathon bombing and the compensation fund for the families of those killed on September 11th, 2001, was the commencement speaker at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, on May 17. Alex Wong/Getty Images/File
"Science Guy" Bill Nye accepted an honorary doctorate degree and spoke to graduates of Rutgers University on May 17. Brian Killian/Getty Images
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power spoke at the University of Pennsylvania on May 18. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
Comedian Stephen Colbert addressed graduates at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on May 18. Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will address graduates at Harvard University on May 28. Paul Marotta/Getty Images
Film director, screenwriter and producer Christopher Nolan will address graduates of Princeton University in New Jersey during Class Day on June 1. Unique Nicole/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Fareed Zakaria, host of "GPS" on CNN, will address graduates of Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York on June 2. Terry Wyatt/Getty Images
Megan Smith, the chief technology officer of the United States, will give the commencement address at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on June 5. David Sifry/Flickr
NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel will speak at Stanford University's commencement on June 14. William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire/Getty Images
Virginia Rometty, chairwoman, president and chief executive officer of IBM, will give the commencement address at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, on June 19. KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images