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And the list goes on…

Amanda Michaels | Monday, February 19, 2007

The following is a list of 65 people who would have made better choices for commencement speaker than General Electric’s Jeffrey Immelt. No offense to Mr. Immelt, but this is a Notre Dame graduation, not a lecture at Mendoza.

I didn’t put any research into this list, so please, spare me the e-mails about how so-and-so is booked until 2009 or stopped speaking in public 15 years ago. I’m just trying to encourage the University to aim a little higher in choosing someone to send its seniors off into the world.

In no particular order:

1. Bono

2. Martin Sheen

3. Barack Obama

4. Bill Clinton

5. Dick Ebersol

6. Jon Stewart

7. Stephen Colbert

8. Bob Geldorf

9. Oprah

10. JK Rowling

11. Kofi Annan (Sure, he spoke here in 2000, but he owes us one)

12. Steven Spielberg

13. Steve Jobs

14. Bill Gates

15. Al Gore

16. Hillary Clinton

17. Nancy Pelosi

18. Angelina Jolie

19. Rudy Giuliani

20. Melinda Gates

21. Alan Greenspan

22. Madeleine Albright

23. Diane Sawyer

24. Brian Williams

25. Bob Woodward

26. Jerome Bettis

27. Jodie Foster

28. Meryl Streep

29. Tom Brokaw

30. George Lucas

31. Teresa Heinz-Kerry

32. Sister Helen Prejean

33. Samuel L. Jackson

34. Daniel Craig

35. Maya Angelou

36. Anna Quindlen

37. Maureen Dowd

38. Katie Couric

39. Archbishop Desmond Tutu

40. Sandra Day O’Connor

41. Ray Bradbury

42. Steve Carell

43. Kiefer Sutherland, in character

44. Elie Wiesel

45. Clint Eastwood

46. Bill Murray

47. Aaron Sorkin

48. Barbara Kingsolver

49. Elaine Chao

50. Judy Woodruff

51. Christopher Gardner

52. Christopher Walken

53. Dan Rather

54. Margaret Whitman (eBay CEO)

55. Patricia Russo (Lucent CEO)

56. Janet Robinson (NY Times CEO)

57. Anne Mulcahy (Xerox CEO)

58. Joyce Carol Oates

59. John McCain

60. Seamus Heaney

61. Ben Stein

62. Michael Douglas

63. Peyton Manning

64. Conan O’Brien

65. Regis Philbin

And the list goes on…