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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Link rowid president president_name title date ▼ city state building room
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  
82 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the Florida International University Commencement Ceremony in Miami Beach, Florida 4/27/92 Miami Beach FL    
127 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Miami Dade College—Kendall Campus in Miami, Florida 4/28/07 Miami FL    
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
108 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan 4/30/00 Ypsilanti MI    
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
59 40 Ronald Reagan Remarks at the Tuskegee University Commencement Ceremony in Alabama 5/10/87 Tuskegee AL    
94 42 Bill Clinton Remarks at the Pennsylvania State University Graduate School Commencement in State College, Pennsylvania 5/10/96 State College PA    
124 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Biloxi, Mississippi 5/11/06 Biloxi MS    
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
40 37 Richard Nixon Remarks at Commencement Exercises at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. 5/11/74 Stillwater OK    
70 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the Texas A&I University Commencement Ceremony in Kingsville 5/11/90 Kingsville TX    
63 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the Texas A&M University Commencement Ceremony in College Station 5/12/89 College Station TX    
71 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the University of South Carolina Commencement Ceremony in Columbia 5/12/90 Columbia SC    
72 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the Liberty University Commencement Ceremony in Lynchburg, Virginia 5/12/90 Lynchburg VA    
75 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the Hampton University Commencement Ceremony in Hampton, Virginia 5/12/91 Hampton VA    
134 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at Arizona State University in Tempe 5/13/09 Tempe AZ Arizona State University Sun Devil Stadium
64 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the Alcorn State University Commencement Ceremony in Lorman, Mississippi 5/13/89 Lorman MS    
65 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the Mississippi State University Commencement Ceremony in Starkville 5/13/89 Starkville MS    
89 42 Bill Clinton Remarks at the Gallaudet University Commencement Ceremony 5/13/94 Washington DC Gallaudet University unknown
118 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin 5/14/04 Mequon WI    
144 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address for Barnard College in New York City 5/14/12 New York NY Columbia University South Lawn
142 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis 5/16/11 Memphis TN Memphis Cook Convention Center unknown
60 40 Ronald Reagan Remarks at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Commencement Ceremony 5/16/87 Washington DC John F. Kennedy Center for the Performin Concert Hall
83 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the Southern Methodist University Commencement Ceremony in Dallas, Texas 5/16/92 Dallas TX    
109 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut 5/17/00 New London CT    
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  
52 40 Ronald Reagan Address at Commencement Exercises at the University of Notre Dame 5/17/81 Notre Dame IN University of Notre Dame Notre Dame Athletic and Convocation Center
84 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the University of Notre Dame Commencement Ceremony in South Bend, Indiana 5/17/92 South Bend IN    
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
42 38 Gerald Ford Commencement Address at the University of Pennsylvania. 5/18/75 Philadelphia PA University of Pennsylvania  
62 40 Ronald Reagan Remarks at the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony in New London, Connecticut 5/18/88 New London CT    
97 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland 5/18/97 Baltimore MD    
148 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia 5/19/13 Atlanta GA Morehouse College Century Campus
61 40 Ronald Reagan Remarks at the Commencement Ceremony for Area High School Seniors in Chattanooga, Tennessee 5/19/87 Chattanooga TN    
73 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the University of Texas Commencement Ceremony in Austin 5/19/90 Austin TX    
111 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana 5/20/01 Notre Dame IN    
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
51 39 Jimmy Carter Cheyney State College Address at the Commencement Exercises 5/20/79 Cheyney PA Cheyney State College quadrangle
112 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut 5/21/01 New Haven CT    
117 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut 5/21/03 New London CT    
119 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana 5/21/04 Baton Rouge LA    
121 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan 5/21/05 Grand Rapids MI    
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
55 40 Ronald Reagan Address at Commencement Exercises at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey 5/21/83 South Orange NJ    
66 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the Boston University Commencement Ceremony in Massachusetts 5/21/89 Boston MA    
136 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland 5/22/09 Annapolis MD United States Naval Academy  
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
20 36 Lyndon Johnson Remarks at the University of Michigan 5/22/64 Ann Arbor MI University of Michigan  
48 39 Jimmy Carter UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME - Address at Commencement Exercises at the University 5/22/77 Notre Dame IN    
57 40 Ronald Reagan Address at the United States Naval Academy Commencement Exercises in Annapolis, Maryland 5/22/85 Annapolis MD    
86 42 Bill Clinton Remarks at the New Hampshire Technical College Commencement Ceremony in Stratham, New Hampshire 5/22/93 Stratham NH    
95 42 Bill Clinton Remarks at the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement in New London, Connecticut 5/22/96 New London CT    
102 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland 5/22/98 Annapolis MD    
129 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut 5/23/07 New London CT    
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
47 38 Gerald Ford Commencement Address at Warner Pacific College in Portland. 5/23/76 Portland OR Warner Pacific College Center for Christian Ministers Auditorum
105 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana 5/23/99 Grambling LA    
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
67 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony in New London, Connecticut 5/24/89 New London CT    
113 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland 5/25/01 Annapolis MD    
9 34 Dwight Eisenhower Address and Remarks at the Baylor University Commencement Ceremonies, Waco, Texas. 5/25/56 Waco TX    
90 42 Bill Clinton Remarks at the United States Naval Academy Commencement Ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland 5/25/94 Annapolis MD    
122 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland 5/27/05 Annapolis MD    
125 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York 5/27/06 West Point NY    
53 40 Ronald Reagan Address at Commencement Exercises at the United States Military Academy 5/27/81 West Point NY    
76 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the Yale University Commencement Ceremony in New Haven, Connecticut 5/27/91 New Haven CT    
85 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the United States Naval Academy Commencement Ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland 5/27/92 Annapolis MD    
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  
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
26 36 Lyndon Johnson Commencement Address at Baylor University. 5/28/65 Waco TX    
21 36 Lyndon Johnson Remarks in Texas to the Graduating Class of the Johnson City High School. 5/29/64 Johnson City TX    
33 36 Lyndon Johnson Commencement Address at Texas Christian University. 5/29/68 Fort Worth TX    
77 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the United States Air Force Academy Commencement Ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado 5/29/91 Colorado Springs CO    
87 42 Bill Clinton Remarks at the United States Military Academy Commencement Ceremony in West Point, New York 5/29/93 West Point NY    
22 36 Lyndon Johnson Commencement Address at the University of Texas. 5/30/64 Austin TX    
56 40 Ronald Reagan Address at Commencement Exercises at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado 5/30/84 Colorado Springs CO    
78 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy Commencement Ceremony in Quantico, Virginia 5/30/91 Quantico VA    
132 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina 5/31/08 Greenville SC Furman University Paladin Stadium
92 42 Bill Clinton Remarks at the United States Air Force Academy Commencement Ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado 5/31/95 Colorado Springs CO    
98 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York 5/31/97 West Point NY    
130 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Greensburg High School in Greensburg, Kansas 5/4/08 Greensburg KS Greensburg High School  
69 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the Oklahoma State University Commencement Ceremony in Stillwater 5/4/90 Stillwater OK    
74 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the University of Michigan Commencement Ceremony in Ann Arbor 5/4/91 Ann Arbor MI    
147 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio 5/5/13 Columbus OH Ohio State University Ohio Stadium
91 42 Bill Clinton Remarks at the Michigan State University Commencement Ceremony in East Lansing, Michigan 5/5/95 East Lansing MI    
123 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma 5/6/06 Stillwater OK    
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
46 38 Gerald Ford Commencement Address at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. 5/8/76 Lincoln NE University of Nebraska Sports Center
116 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina 5/9/03 Columbia SC    
138 44 Barack Obama Commencement Address at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia 5/9/10 Hampton VA Hampton University  
54 40 Ronald Reagan Address at Commencement Exercises at Eureka College in Illinois 5/9/82 Eureka IL Eureka College Reagan Physical Education Center
114 43 George W. Bush Commencement Address at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York 6/1/02 West Point NY    
27 36 Lyndon Johnson Remarks at the Commencement Exercises of the National Cathedral School. 6/1/65 Washington DC Washington Cathedral na
79 41 George H.W. Bush Remarks at the United States Military Academy Commencement Ceremony in West Point, New York 6/1/91 West Point NY    
110 42 Bill Clinton Commencement Address at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota 6/10/00 Northfield MN    
12 34 Dwight Eisenhower Remarks on Introducing Prime Minister Macmillan at the Johns Hopkins University Commencement. 6/10/58 Baltimore MD    
19 35 John Kennedy Commencement Address at American University in Washington 6/10/63 Washington DC American University John M. Reeves Athletic Field
25 36 Lyndon Johnson Commencement Address at Holy Cross College. 6/10/64 Worcester MA    
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

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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
);