They spoke at graduation? Surprising celebrity commencement speakers

Will Ferrell speaking to Harvard grads in 2004. (Photo by Douglas McFadd/Getty Images)Will Ferrell speaking to Harvard grads in 2004. (Photo by Douglas McFadd/Getty Images …President Obama has agreed to give graduation speeches at Miami Dade College and the Coast Guard Academy. His wife, Michelle, spoke at Northern Iowa University. Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer are also part of this year's commencement agendas at colleges and universities across the country.

So is John Legend. The pop singer banked $25,000 to inspire graduates at Kean University this year. Pop stars and TV actors are slowly moving in on commencement speeches. This year, Parks and Rec's Amy Poehler, Treme's Wendell Pierce, and of course, Suddenly Susan's Brooke Shields are also hitting the college grad circuit. While not all celebrities have the academic backgrounds of their fellow speakers, they do give good speech. Great even. Check it out some past speakers and vote on which random celebrity gave the best speech.









Will Ferrell, Harvard University, 2003


Linkin Park's Brad Delson, UCLA, 2009 (he replaced James Franco at the 11th hour)

Dolly Parton, University of Tennessee, 2009

Matthew Fox, Columbia University, 2007

Lisa Kudrow, Vassar College, 2010


Billy Baldwin, Binghamton University, 2010


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