In May 2014, National Public Radio released an interactive, sortable feature, "The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever." Of the 316 speeches NPR selected, 19 the most from any single institution took place at Connecticut College. Below, explore the 19 speeches that NPR selected, and learn about other Commencement speakers from our history.

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Alan Alda P'80

Alan Alda, noted actor, writer and director, gave the 1980 Commencement address. Read his address online.

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Honorable Andrew Young

Andrew Young, U.S. Representative and former Ambassador to the United Nations, gave the 1998 Commencement address. Read his address online.

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Anita DeFrantz '74

Anita DeFrantz '74, Olympic medalist and former vice president of the International Olympic Committee, gave the 2004 Commencement address. Read her address online.

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Cynthia Enloe '60

Cynthia Enloe '60, research professor of International Development, Community and Environment at Clark University, gave the 2011 Centennial Commencement address. Read her address online.

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Estelle Parsons '49

Estelle Parsons '49, Academy award-winning actress, gave the 2005 Commencement address. Read her address online.

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Guido Calabresi

Guido Calabresi, dean of the Yale University School of Law, gave the 1988 Commencement address. Read his address online.

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Henry Wallace

Henry Wallace, Vice President of the United States under Franklin D. Roosevelt, gave the 1943 Commencement address. Read his address online.

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Howard Gordon

Howard Gordon, Emmy-winning television writer and producer, gave the 2013 Commencement address. Read his address online.

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Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs, economist and leading expert on globalism, poverty and sustainability, gave the 2010 Commencement address. Read his address online.

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Leonard Lauder

Leonard Lauder, President and CEO of Estee Lauder, Inc., gave the 1989 Commencement address. Read his address online.

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Louis B. Susman P'84

Louis B. Susman, United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London, gave the 2012 Commencement address. Read his address online.

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Martha Nussbaum

Martha Nussbaum, philosopher and advocate for liberal arts and sciences education, gave the 2009 Commencement address. Read her address online.

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Honorable Patricia Wald '48

Patricia Wald '48, Judge in the US Court of Appeals, gave the 1981 Commencement address. Read her address online.

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Robert D. Ballard P'16

Robert D. Ballard, deep-sea explorer known for discovering the Titanic, gave the 2007 Commencement address. Read his address online.

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Russell Baker

Russell Baker, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and journalist, gave the 1995 Commencement address. Read his address online.

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Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw, journalist and television news anchor, gave the 1996 Commencement address. Read his address online.

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Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb, American novelist, gave the 2003 Commencement address. Read his address online.

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Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize-winning environmental activist and veterinary science professor, gave the 2006 Commencement address. Read her address online.

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Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis, Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz musician, gave the 2001 Commencement address. Read his address online.