Your Guide to 2017 Commencement Speakers Coming to Mass.

Some blockbuster speeches are planned around the state.

It’s that time of year again, when the state’s well-known colleges and universities bring a stellar cast of speakers to our neck of the woods for college commencements. This year’s line-up features (at least) two possible contenders for the 2020 presidential election, media and business luminaries, Nobel laureates, and local heroes. Can’t keep track of all the graduation spectacles coming this way in the next few weeks? Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s graduation A-listers.

Harvard: Mark Zuckerberg

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Who: The founder of Facebook and (maybe) 2020 presidential hopeful

Where: Harvard Yard

When: Thursday, May 25, 2:30 p.m.

Watch: Here

Also Harvard: Joe Biden

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Photo via AP

Who: The former vice president will speak at Class Day, the day before Zuck.

Where: Harvard Yard

When: Wednesday, May 24, 2 p.m.

Wellesley: Hillary Clinton

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Who: Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee for president

Where: Wellesley

When: Friday, May 26, 10:30 a.m.

Watch: Here

MIT: Tim Cook

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Photo via AP

Who: CEO of Apple

Where: MIT’s Killian Court

When: Friday, June 9, 10 a.m.

Watch: Here

Emerson: Dennis Lehane

Image via Dennis Lehane on Facebook

Image via Dennis Lehane on Facebook

Who: Award-winning Boston author

Where: BU’s Agganis Arena

When: Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m.

Watch: Here

UMass Amherst and Wheelock: Elizabeth Warren

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Photo via AP

Who: U.S. Senator from Massachusetts

Where: UMass Amherst’s McGuirk Alumni Stadium

When: Friday, May 12, 4:30 p.m.

Watch: Here


Where: Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline

When: Friday, May 19, 10:00 a.m.

Watch: Here

Northeastern: Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour of CNN poses at the CNN Worldwide All-Star Party, on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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Who: CNN chief international correspondent

When: Friday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.

Where: TD Garden

Watch: Here

UMass Dartmouth: Nina Totenberg

Who: Legendary NPR reporter

When: Saturday, May 13, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Xfinity Center

Watch: Here

Smith College: Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

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Who: Media titan

When: Sunday, May 21, 10 a.m.

Where: Smith’s Quadrangle

Watch: Here

Babson: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Who: First president of Liberia

When: Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m.

Where: Wellesley

Suffolk: Marty Walsh

Photo via Mayor's Office/Don Harney

Photo via Mayor’s Office/Don Harney

Who: Mayor of Boston

When: Sunday, May 21, 5 p.m.

Where: Blue Hills Bank Pavillion

Watch: Here

Tufts: Kenya Barris

Who: Creator of ABC’s Black-ish

When: Sunday, May 21, 9 a.m.

Where: Tufts Green

Watch: Here

Boston University: Bonnie Hammer

Who: Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group

When: Sunday, May 21, 1 p.m.

Where: BU’s Nickerson Field

Watch: Here

Berklee: Todd Rundgren

Who: Musician and record producer

When: Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.

Where: BU’s Agganis Arena

Watch: Here

Salem State: Charlie Baker

Photo via Governor's Office/Joanne DeCaro

Photo via Governor’s Office/Joanne DeCaro

Who: Governor of Massachusetts

When:Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m.

Where: Salem State’s Richard B. O’Keefe Complex

Watch: Here

Westfield State: Maura Healey


Who: Massachusetts Attorney General

When: Saturday, May 20, 4 p.m.

Where: Springfield’s MassMutual Center

Watch: Here