As you plan for this year's spring commencement ceremonies and alumni events, HWA offers inspiring speakers who can mark special occasions with compelling and celebratory remarks.

FIFA Women's World Cup Champion; Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist; NYT Bestselling Author of Wolfpack and Forward: A Memoir

Chairman and CEO of A-Rod Corp, Iconic Athlete, Venture Capitalist, and Emmy-Winning Sports Commentator

'Miracle on the Hudson' Captain and Leading Voice on Leadership & Execution Strategies

Award-Winning Actress, Activist, NYT Bestselling Author, and Global Humanitarian

Lead Scientist in COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Development, TIME Hero of the Year, and Advocate for Diversity in STEM

Iconic Visionary of the Women's Movement

Sports Icon, Equality Pioneer, and NYT Bestselling Author

Award-Winning Humanitarian, Renowned Disability Justice Practitioner, and UN Sustained Development Goal Advocate

Award-Winning Musician in AJR, Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Partners, Inc., and Advocate for the UN Development Program

Former Miss USA, Former Captain in the Army Reserve, Vice Chair of Service Women's Action Network, and Author of Pretty Ugly Lessons

Peabody and Emmy Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist and Chief Correspondent for PBS NewsHour

Grammy Award-Winning Artist, Education Advocate, and Entrepreneur

Renowned Cultural Critic; Sociologist; NYT Opinion Columnist; Award-Winning Author of Thick and Lower Ed; MacArthur Fellow

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Investigative Reporter, NYT Bestselling Author, Documentarian, and Former U.S. State Dept. Official

Award-Winning Actor, Writer, Creator, and Producer; Founder of Hillman Grad Productions, and Advocate for Diversity and Representation

3x Emmy Award-Winning Co-Host of ABC’s The View and NYT Best-Selling Author

Political Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, Democratic Presidential Candidate, and Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Iconic Astronaut, First African American Woman in Space, Leader of the 100 Year Starship, and STEM Advocate


White House Director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama (2013-2017) and NYT Bestselling Author of Grace

First Openly LGBTQ+ Coach in the NFL and at the Super Bowl

Chief Political Analyst, Host of CBS Primetime with John Dickerson, and NYT Bestselling Author of Whistlestop and The Hardest Job in the World

Journalist and Host of MSNBC's The Cross Connection, Bestselling Author of Say it Louder, and Resident Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics

Emmy-Winning Journalist, Executive Producer of PBS' We'll Meet Again, and Host of Chasing the Cure

Physician, Widow of the #1 NYT Bestselling Author of When Breath Becomes Air, and Advocate for Patient-Centered Care