Ryan Seacrest, Mae Jemison among Georgia college commencement speakers

It’s college commencement season, and thousands of Georgia college and university students are preparing to celebrate the completion of their higher education. Before they go, several notable speakers are set to help them begin the next stage of their lives.

The lineup of speakers at this year’s college graduations is varied, including state lawmakers, international business leaders and even a media celebrity. We’ve compiled a list of several schools, along with their commencement dates and speakers. Contact the school for more information, including ceremony locations and times.

April 30

University of West Georgia: Missy Dugan, president and CEO for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta

May 6-7

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Georgia Southern University: Stephen Harmon, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Learning Technologies Division in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University; Carol H. Burrell, president and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System

Georgia Tech: Mary Rockett Brock, philanthropist and co-owner of the WNBA Atlanta Dream women’s basketball team; U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

University of North Georgia (Dahlonega campus): State Rep. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville; Dr. Holly Carpenter, CEO of luxury cosmetics and skincare company HiQ Cosmetics; University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby; state Sen. Butch Miller

May 7

Clayton State University: Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle; Robert Ashe, chairman of the MARTA board

Georgia State University: Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Young Harris College: Major League Baseball legend Henry “Hank” Aaron

May 9

Emory University: Dr. William Foege, the epidemiologist credited with devising the strategy to eradicate smallpox

May 10-11

Kennesaw State University: Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp; Thomas Currin Dean, Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology; Dr. Belle Wheelan, President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; state Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth.

May 12

Georgia Gwinnett College: Aimee Copeland, Georgia graduate student and amputee who survived flesh-eating bacteria infection

May 13

University of Georgia: Media mogul and television personality Ryan Seacrest; Maurice C. Daniels, dean of UGA’s School of Social Work

May 14

Agnes Scott College: Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman

Interdenominational Theological Center: Connie Rice, civil rights activist and attorney known for her work in expanding opportunity and advancing multiracial democracy

Mercer University (Atlanta campus): Edward Schutter, president and CEO of Arbor Pharmaceuticals

Morris Brown College: U.S. Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman

Oglethorpe University: Derreck Kayongo, CEO, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

May 15

Morehouse College: Strive Masiyiwa, head of ECONET International is one Africa’s most influential businessmen and Zimbabwe’s first billionaire

Spelman College: U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch; Stevie Wonder receives honorary degree

May 16

Clark Atlanta University: Retired astronaut Mae Jemison

May 21

LaGrange College: Environmentalist Laura Turner Seydel

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