Politicians are a popular choice for commencement speakers -- and they also tend to make headlines in their speeches.
This year has some notable speakers across the nation as well. Here are the top political figures to watch for their remarks.
The former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee will speak at Yale University's Senior Class Day
on May 20 as part of its commencement weekend.
The fired former secretary of state in the Trump administration is set to address the spring class of 2018
at the Virginia Military Institute on May 16. The school announced the choice of Tillerson in February, while he was still leading the State Department.
The former vice president to Bill Clinton and environmentalist will head to College Park, Maryland
, for the University of Maryland's ceremony on May 20.
The deputy attorney general -- whom Trump has criticized
for appointing a special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation -- will address Campbell University's law school graduates on May 11
The 93-year-old former President of the United States will address Liberty University's graduating class on May 19.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson will address the first graduating class
from Liberty University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2013, Carson withdrew as Johns Hopkins University's graduation speaker after referencing bestiality and pedophilia
while arguing against same-sex marriage in a television interview.
The billionaire philanthropist and former New York City mayor will head to Houston
to address Rice University's newest graduates on May 12.
The television star who drew presidential candidacy talk with a rousing speech at the Golden Globes earlier this year will give USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism's
keynote address on May 11.
Hill will address the University of Rutgers, Camden
on May 17 and Wesleyan College
on May 27. Hill gained nationwide attention in 1991 when she accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.
The Canadian Prime Minister will address New York University's class on May 16
at Yankee Stadium. Previous NYU speakers include musician Pharrell Williams in 2017 and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2012.
Rep. John Lewis
Sen. Cory Booker
The junior New Jersey senator will give the commencement speech at Franklin & Marshall College
on May 12 and is set to speak
on May 17 at Kean University's commencement in Newark, New Jersey. He will also speak at Princeton University's Class Day
on June 4 as part of its commencement activities.
Sen. Tim Kaine
The 2016 Democratic vice presidential candidate will address Radford University's 2018 class
on May 5.
Sen. Kamala Harris
The Democratic California senator will speak on May 12
at UC Berkeley.
Sen. Richard Burr
University of North Carolina at Pembroke students will hear from their home-state senator
on May 5.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Mark Warner
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee is set to speak at University of Virginia's College at Wise on May 5, the College of William and Mary on May 12 and Virginia State University on May 13.
Sen. Ben Sasse
The freshman Republican senator will deliver the commencement address to more than 90 students
at York College, a private college in York, Nebraska.
Sen. Susan Collins
Rep. Luis V. Guiterrez
Rep. Ted Lieu
Ohio Gov. John Kasich
The Republican governor, who has left the door open for a 2020 presidential run, will address Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government
class of 2018 on May 23.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf
Wolf will speak at York College
in Pennsylvania on May 12.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam
Virginia Tech's class of 2018 will hear from their home-state governor
on May 11.