Its about time for Penns Commencement planners to pick a speaker for the annual May ceremony. We thought wed help the process along by asking this years graduates who they think would make a great Commencement speaker. While theres no clear consensus choice, it appears that many students admire political leaders. And there are a few key qualities the students are looking for chief among them the ability to deliver an entertaining speech.
Millikan, Wharton/Engineering 00
A well-known personality who can deliver a message appropriate for the occasion and do so in an entertaining fashion. Bob Costas, perhaps?
Swietnicki, College 00
Steve Jobs would be ideal for a speaker.
Sin, College 00
I hope the speaker will be one noted for his/her compassion. College life should have taught us to be compassionate people. If not, well, we need someone to remind us.
Sullivan, Engineering 00
Last year they had Robert Rubin - Secretary of the Interior, I think. Not only did he talk in a monotone, but he was not entertaining or humorous at all. My choices would include Rosie ODonnell, Rush Limbaugh, Katie Couric, Dennis Miller, and Ed Rendell.
Fesler, College 00
I think that Jeff Bezos [Amazon.com CEO] would be a good commencement speaker.
Gardner, College 00, GSE 01
Ideally, I would like to see Ed Rendell. Hes a Penn alum and is amazingly successful. He turned Philadelphia completely around over the years. That, and he makes trips up to Brown to see the mens b-ball games.
Weinheimer, Wharton 00
Robusto, Engineering 00
Kutney, College 00
Leung, Wharton 00
I think the Dalai Lama was at Emory a few years back. ... Hed be cool to have here.
Ofner, College 00
Hillary Clinton, especially with the upcoming Senate campaign and all.
Yu, Engineering 00
A previous president of Penn. He could talk about the changes at the school.
Wang, College 00
Pretty much any celebrity.
Cook, College 00
Chan, Wharton 00
Colin Powell hes a strong leader.
Originally published on March 2, 2000