There have been many distinguished speakers who have spoken at various events that have been held in the United States over the years. Such speakers are often individuals who have made a significant impact on the world and may include individuals from the business world, celebrities, philanthropists, scientists, inventors, and political figures. As distinguished speakers they are often tasked to speak at university graduation ceremonies and other significant events. These speakers are people who have excelled in their respective field and have made a significant contribution to society.
One of the speakers to speak at university convocation events in the United States is the entrepreneur and inventor, Steve Wozniak. Many people think of Steve Jobs when they think of Apple Computer Company, but in reality, Steve Wozniak was just as important in founding the company. Wozniak was the engineer who designed the Apple II computer. Today he is also involved in various philanthropic endeavors.
Another notable distinguished speaker is Bill Gates who founded Microsoft Company. What is interesting is that many of his more recent convocation speeches have focused more on social justice and change, which he himself says he was not aware of or really thought much about when he was a young man.
Even people from law enforcement can be distinguished speakers; for example, former FBI director James Comey. Colin Powell is another very distinguished speaker who was Secretary of State for the United States under President George W. Bush. He also oversaw various conflicts including the Persian Gulf War. John Lewis is a civil rights leader and congressman who has been fighting tirelessly for equality ever since the days of Martin Luther King. He has also been a distinguished speaker at university convocations, most notably at Harvard University, which also granted him an honorary degree. He has won many awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Lincoln Medal.
Distinguished speakers are not limited to men. The portrait photographer, Annie Leibovitz, for example, has been a speaker at university graduations. She has taken many photographs of celebrities and politicians and has won many awards for her work. Oprah Winfrey is a popular choice for a distinguished speaker. She was a talk show host and is a philanthropist. She has been an inspiration for women all over the world.
Another woman who has had a very successful career and interacted with celebrities and other famous people is Lesley Stahl of the 60 minutes television program. She has always been a very good investigative journalist who was able to ask tough questions of people. The former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, who also served under George W. Bush, is another notable speaker.
There are many more individuals who have been invited to be distinguished speakers. Some are more well-known than others, but what they all have in common is that they have achieved great success in their field of work. It is hoped that their speeches will act as inspiration, especially for young people at university graduation ceremonies.