Commencement 2017

Previous Graduation Speakers

2016 Commencement Ceremony: Condoleeza Rice


High Point University welcomed 66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as their 2016 Commencement speaker.

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2015 Commencement Ceremony: Tom Brokaw



Distinguished journalist Tom Brokaw delivered an inspiring message to graduates receiving their degrees at High Point University’s 2015 Graduation Ceremony. Tom Brokaw is best known as the anchor and managing editor for “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.” The Huffington Post named him as one of the top Commencement speakers of 2015. (Running time: 6:31)

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2014 Commencement Ceremony: General Colin L. Powell



High Point University continues its tradition of bringing renowned thought leaders to campus by featuring General Colin L. Powell at the 2014 Commencement Ceremony (Running time: 25:11)

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2013 Commencement Ceremony: Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak shares insights on innovation and invention with High Point University’s largest graduating class. (Running time: 5:00)

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2012 Commencement Ceremony: Laura Bush


High Point University celebrated the 88th Commencement Ceremony on the Roberts Hall Lawn with former First Lady Laura Bush (Running time: 4:06).

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2011 Commencement Ceremony: Lance Armstrong


Lance Armstrong, 7-time winner of the Tour de France, Founder of the LiveStrong Cancer Support Foundation and bestselling author

2010 Commencement Ceremony: Muhtar Kent

Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. Kent joined The Coca- Cola Company in Atlanta in 1978 and has held a variety of marketing and operations roles throughout his career. (Running time: 25:51)

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2009 Commencement Ceremony: Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin, best known for his historic Apollo 11 moonwalk with Neil Armstrong occurring 40 years ago on July 20, 1969, has remained on the forefront of human space exploration since the monumental event – one that was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. (Running time: 28:55)

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2008 Commencement Ceremony: Clarence Thomas

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has become one of the most influential men in the country. He was appointed to the Supreme Court by President George W. Bush in 1991. (Running time: 24:10)

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2007 Commencement Ceremony: Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby, the man many of the students watched during their childhood as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, gave the commencement address. (Running time: 29:54)

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2006 Commencement Ceremony: Queen Noor

Queen Noor is a leading voice for the understanding of global issues, including peace and world conflict, social development, education, women and children’s welfare, environmental and architectural conservation and many others. (Running time: 17:11)

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2005 Commencement Ceremony: Rudy Giuliani

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani offered a thoughtful, rousing and sometimes humorous message to an eager crowd at Commencement 2005. (Running time: 31:14)

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