• Laverne Cox – Transgender Advocate and Award-Winning Actress
  • Liz Murray - Author of the 2016 UB Reads Selection "Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard”
  • John Legend – Academy Award-Winning Songwriter, Singer, Musician, Producer, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur
  • Charles Ogletree* – Internationally Renowned Legal Theorist
  • Siddhartha Mukherjee – Cancer Physician, Researcher and Author of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”
  • Kevin Spacey – Academy Award-Winning Actor, Star of "House of Cards," Producer, and Former Artistic Director of London's Old Vic Theatre

* Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Speaker