After CEOs, both active and former politicians were the most sought after speakers. Most schools went with governors from their own state, but Liberty University, the arch-conservative Christian college founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, once again sought a Republican speaker as Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) arrived in Lynchburg, Va., fairly far from his home base of Baton Rouge, La.
Here are the speakers:
1) Gov. Terry MacAuliffe (D-Va., pictured top). Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, Va.
2) Susan Wojiciccki, CEO of Youtube. Johns Hopkins U. Baltimore, Md.
3) Peyton Manning, quarterback of the Denver Broncos. UVA. Charlottesville, Va.
4) Dr. Atul Dawenda, UNC. Chapel Hill, NC.
5) Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md, pict. center). Univ. of Maryland. College Park, Md.
6) Katie Couric. American University. Washington, DC.
7) Vice President Joe Biden. Univ. of South Carolina. Columbia, SC.
8) Gen. Martin Dempsey. Duke University. Durham, NC
9) Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La., pict. bottom). Liberty University. Lynchburg, Va.
10) Gov. Mike Beebe (D-Ark). Univ. of Arkansas. Fayetville, Ark.
11) David Ferriero. Archivist. NC State. Raleigh, NC.
12) Anne Holton. Sen. Tim Kaine's wife. Radford Univeristy. Radford, Va.
13) Jill Abrahamson, former executive editor of "New York Times." Wake Forest. Winston-Salem, NC.
14) Mary Barrra. CEO of General Motors. Univ. of Michigan. Ann Arbor, Mich.
15) Thomas H. Kean, former governor of New Jersey. Rutgers U. (He was a replacement for Condi Rice)