Athletes and Coaches Who Are 2020 Virtual Commencement Speakers

While the coronavirus has put a damper on some Class of 2020 celebrations, others have turned to the world of sports to find ways to lift up the newest crop of graduates. Many athletes and coaches have served as virtual commencement speakers, sharing their words of wisdom in these uncertain times. These sports icons have either spoken to students from their alma maters or in large virtual gatherings of high school and college grads. Have one of these amazing virtual commencement speakers inspire your group during your next webinar, video conference, or Zoom meeting. 

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Best known as one of the “Fierce 5” U.S. Women’s Gymnastic Team members, Aly Raisman will forever be synonymous with the summer of 2012. She was the captain of the 2012 team that took home the gold me...

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Bethany Hamilton is a professional surfer from the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii.  Having grown up on the North Shore she has been a surfer girl her entire life.  With dreams of one day becoming a...

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Carson Wentz was born December 30, 1992 and is a quarterback who played for the North Dakota State Bison.In 2015, after starting the first six games of the season and completing 63.7 percent of his pa...

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Craig Bohl is currently best known as the head football coach at the University of Wyoming, Bohl has an extensive history with the sport of football, both as a player and a coach. He was born in 1958...

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Geno Auriemma is the head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. Upon graduating from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Auriemma was hired as an assistant coach at St....

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Jason Collins began his NBA career with the New Jersey Nets in 2001 after an All-American career at Stanford University.  In his rookie year with the Nets he played a significant role in the team’s fi...

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Kevin Love is the pride of UCLA, and was selected in the 1st round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies after leading the Bruins to a Final Four appearance in 2007 and earning both Naismith...

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Lawrence Timmons is a professional football linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his high school career, Timmons was ranked as the No. 5 outside linebacker prospect in the nation. Timmons attend...

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When looking for the best basketball player in the world, look no further than LeBron James. After being selected with the 1st overall pick in the 1st round of the 2003 NBA Draft by his hometown Cleve...

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Malcolm Jenkins is a safety for the Philadelphia Eagles who has also played for the New Orleans Saints.  In his second season, Jenkins was a second team All-Pro with the Saints in 2010.  He...

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Missy Franklin is one of the most famous swimmers in the world.  She broke onto the scenes as a 17-year-old at the 2012 Olympics.  Franklin won four gold medals and a bronze.  Her performances include...

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The Kansas City Chiefs selected Patrick Mahomes with the tenth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Mahomes put up huge numbers as the starting quarterback at Texas Tech for two seasons. As a junior, h...

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Russell Wilson is a member of the National Football League, playing for the Seattle Seahawks at the quarterback position. Wilson played both football and baseball for North Carolina State University b...

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Sabrina Ionescu is one of the greatest players in women's college basketball history and the foundation of the future for the New York Liberty. The Liberty took Ionescu with the number one pick in the...

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Scott Frost was born January 4, 1975 and is a football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach at his alma mater, Nebraska. He was previously the offensive coordinator at the Universit...

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Serena Williams first captured the world No. 1 tennis ranking in 2002 and has since gone on to win 23 Grand Slam championships, including seven Australian Opens, three French Opens, five Wimbledon cha...

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5th round pick of the Seattle Seahawks (141st overall), Shaquem Griffin was born July 20, 1995 and is a former linebacker for the UCF Knights. Shaquem and his twin brother Shaquill both played for UCF...

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Shaquill Griffin is a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks selected him in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Griffin became a starter at his position by the end of the year alongside...

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Stephen Curry is the star point guard for the Golden State Warriors. Growing up, Curry’s father Dell played for the Charlotte Hornets and would sometimes take Stephen and his younger brother to the ga...

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Titus O'Neil is a WWE Superstar.  O'Neil got his wrestling start in Florida Championship Wrestling and NXT.  He was apart of season two of the reality series "WWE NXT" and also appeared on "NXT Redemp...

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It is hard to imagine, but Tom Brady was not selected until the 6th round of the 2000 NFL Draft, but what he’s done since then has made every team that passed up on him regret their decision. Through...

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Tom Izzo has guided the Michigan State University basketball team to unprecedented success since taking over the Spartans as their head coach in 1995. Over the last 17 seasons he has led his teams to...

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An Ohio boy, born and raised, Urban Meyer began his coaching career following his playing days at the University of Cincinnati. After making his start with a high school team in Cincinnati, Meyer join...