This table contains data behind the story Sitting Presidents Give Way More Commencement Speeches Than They Used To

Data does not include commencement speeches by President Obama in 2016.

Header Definition
president Number of president (33 is Harry Truman, the 33rd president; 44 is Barack Obama, the 44th president)
president_name Name of president
title Description of commencement speech
date Date speech was delivered
city City where speech was delivered
state state where speech was delivered
building Name of building in which speech was delivered
room Room in which speech was delivered

Source: American Presidency Project, Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley

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101 42 Bill Clinton Remarks at a Commencement Luncheon at the University of California San Diego in La Jolla 6/14/97 La Jolla CA University of California  
102 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland 5/22/98 Annapolis MD    
103 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts 6/5/98 Cambridge MA    
104 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon 6/13/98 Portland OR    
105 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana 5/23/99 Grambling LA    
106 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs 6/2/99 Colorado Springs CO    
107 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois 6/12/99 Chicago IL    
108 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan 4/30/00 Ypsilanti MI    
109 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut 5/17/00 New London CT    
110 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota 6/10/00 Northfield MN    
111 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana 5/20/01 Notre Dame IN    
112 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut 5/21/01 New Haven CT    
113 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland 5/25/01 Annapolis MD    
114 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York 6/1/02 West Point NY    
115 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio 6/14/02 Columbus OH    
116 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina 5/9/03 Columbia SC    
117 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut 5/21/03 New London CT    
118 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin 5/14/04 Mequon WI    
119 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana 5/21/04 Baton Rouge LA    
120 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado 6/2/04 Colorado Springs CO    
121 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan 5/21/05 Grand Rapids MI    
122 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland 5/27/05 Annapolis MD    
123 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma 5/6/06 Stillwater OK    
124 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Biloxi, Mississippi 5/11/06 Biloxi MS    
125 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York 5/27/06 West Point NY    
126 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York 6/19/06 Kings Point NY    
127 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Miami Dade College—Kendall Campus in Miami, Florida 4/28/07 Miami FL    
128 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania 5/11/07 Latrobe PA Saint Vincent College Robert S. Carey Student Center
129 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut 5/23/07 New London CT    
130 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Greensburg High School in Greensburg, Kansas 5/4/08 Greensburg KS Greensburg High School  
131 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado 5/28/08 Colorado Springs CO Air Force Academy  
132 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina 5/31/08 Greenville SC Furman University Paladin Stadium
133 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas 12/12/08 College Station TX Texas A&M University  
134 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at Arizona State University in Tempe 5/13/09 Tempe AZ Arizona State University Sun Devil Stadium
135 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana 5/17/09 South Bend IN University of Notre Dame  
136 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland 5/22/09 Annapolis MD United States Naval Academy  
137 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan 5/1/10 Ann Arbor MI University of Michigan Michigan Stadium
138 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia 5/9/10 Hampton VA Hampton University  
139 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York 5/22/10 West Point NY U.S. Military Academy Michie Stadium
140 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan 6/7/10 Kalamazoo MI Western Michigan University Arena
141 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida 4/29/11 Miami FL Miami Dade College James L. Knight International Center
142 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis 5/16/11 Memphis TN Memphis Cook Convention Center unknown
143 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut 5/18/11 New London CT United States Coast Guard Academy unknown
144 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address for Barnard College in New York City 5/14/12 New York NY Columbia University South Lawn
145 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address for Joplin High School in Joplin, Missouri 5/21/12 Joplin MO Missouri Southern State University Leggett & Platt Athletic Center
146 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado 5/23/12 Colorado Springs CO United States Air Force Academy unknown
147 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio 5/5/13 Columbus OH Ohio State University Ohio Stadium
148 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia 5/19/13 Atlanta GA Morehouse College Century Campus
149 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland 5/24/13 Annapolis MD United States Naval Academy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
150 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York 5/28/14 West Point NY United States Military Academy Michie Stadium
151 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at Worcester Technical High School in Worcester, Massachusetts 6/11/14 Worcester MA Worcester Technical High School DCU Center
152 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at the University of California-Irvine in Anaheim, CA 6/14/14 Anaheim CA Angel Stadium na
153 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota 5/8/15 Watertown SD Lake Area Technical Institute Watertown Civic Arena
154 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut 5/20/15 New London CT United States Coast Guard Academy unknown

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CREATE TABLE "presidential-commencement-speeches/commencement_speeches" (
"president" INTEGER,
  "president_name" TEXT,
  "title" TEXT,
  "date" TEXT,
  "city" TEXT,
  "state" TEXT,
  "building" TEXT,
  "room" TEXT
);