Liberals and Democrats have a stranglehold on commencement addresses, as is the norm. The only Republicans speaking to top 100 universities are Vice President Mike Pence at Notre Dame and an attorney general in Arizona:
Three Democratic U.S. senators will address graduates at the prestigious universities. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is the featured speaker at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Illinois’s Tammy Duckworth is slated to speak at George Washington University and Cory Booker of New Jersey will address the University of Pennsylvania’s graduates. No Republican senator is currently lined up at any of the top 100 universities.
Ernest Moniz, energy secretary in the Obama administration, will speak at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, another former Obama administration official, will be Stanford’s commencement speaker.
Two former Democratic governors will also be honored this spring. Former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell will speak at the University of Delaware and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will receive an honorary degree from Brandeis University.
Only two Republican politicians are currently scheduled to address graduates at the universities ranked in the top 100 by U.S. News and World Report.