With famous faces like Hillary Clinton, Amal Clooney and Ava DuVernay, almost six in 10 graduation speakers at the 25 largest-endowed schools will be female.
The #MeToo-era commencement season boasts a greater degree of woman power.
A majority of top U.S. colleges will have women speak at their spring graduation ceremonies, the Associated Press reports, making almost six in 10 speakers at the 25 largest-endowed schools female. Over the past 19 years, in comparison, only a quarter of those schools’ speakers were women.
Notable women among the cadre of commencement speakers include Hillary Clinton (Yale University), Amal Clooney (Vanderbilt University) and Mindy Kaling (Dartmouth University, her alma mater). Director Ava DuVernay, speaking at Cornell University, will be the first woman of color in a decade to headline the school’s commencement. And beyond schools with the highest endowments, there’s Queen Latifah (Rutgers University-Newark) and Anita Hill (Rutgers University-Camden and later Wesleyan College).