SP2 Commencement Speaker

The 2020 SP2 Commencement Speaker will be announced in Spring 2020.

University of Pennsylvania Commencement Speaker

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Past SP2 Commencement Speakers

2019

DeRay Mckesson
Civil Rights activist, podcaster, and support of the Black Lives Matter movement

2018

Tarana Burke
Social Justice Advocate and Founder of the “Me Too” Movement

2017

Tamron Hall
Award-winning Journalist

2016

Ari Shapiro
Host of NPR’s All Things Considered & Award-Winning Journalist

2015

Benjamin Jealous
Former President and CEO of the NAACP

2014

Nikki Giovanni
World-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator

2013

Sister Mary Scullion
President and Executive Director, Project H.O.M.E.

2012

Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy
Former United States Representative for Rhode Island

2011

Ambassador Andrew Young
Former United Nations Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta

2010

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Vice President of the United States

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Faculty & Research

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Ben Jealous

Faculty & Research

Q&A with Ben Jealous, former NAACP head turned tech investor

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