Speakers & Honorees

As is Boston University’s tradition, the names of the Commencement Speaker and honored guests were announced on May 1 during the annual Senior Breakfast.

Journalist and TV personality Meredith Vieira will deliver Boston University’s 142nd Commencement Address. Cornell William Brooks, president of the NAACP, will deliver the Baccalaureate Address earlier in the day at Marsh Chapel. Both will receive honorary degrees during the All-University Commencement Exercises.

Others who will receive honorary degrees are: jazz producer, promoter, and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, George Wein; and Allen and Kelli Questrom, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and University benefactors.

Family and friends not able to be at Nickerson Field can still watch the Commencement ceremony including the commencement address and awarding of honorary degrees via live webcast on our homepage or listen to the ceremony locally on Boston radio station WBUR 90.9FM.