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Past Ceremonies

Commencement speaker Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar at the 126th Commencement ceremony.

An archive listing of previous Commencement speakers/speeches may be found on the Stanford Libraries website.

126th Commencement, 2017

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, California State Supreme Court Justice

125th Commencement, 2016

Ken Burns, Award-winning documentary filmmaker

124th Commencement, 2015

Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent for NBC News

123rd Commencement, 2014

Bill and Melinda Gates, Philanthropists & Founders of the Gates Foundation

122nd Commencement, 2013

Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York, NY

121st Commencement, 2012

Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ

120th Commencement, 2011

Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico

119th Commencement, 2010

Susan E. Rice, U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations

118th Commencement, 2009

Anthony Kennedy, U. S. Supreme Court Associate Justice

117th Commencement, 2008

Oprah Winfrey, global media leader and philanthropist

116th Commencement, 2007

Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

115th Commencement, 2006

Tom Brokaw, broadcast-news icon and author

114th Commencement, 2005

Steve Jobs, CEO and Co-Founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios