SOURCE: fluent


May 20, 2015 09:00 ET

Ellen Beats Barack in College Students' Top-Ten List of Most Desired Commencement Speakers

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - May 20, 2015) - In these last few weeks of May, Millennials are graduating from colleges and universities across the country in record numbers. What if they could choose their own commencement speaker?

According to a survey of 1,200+ college students from across the country, Ellen DeGeneres was chosen as the #1 most desired commencement speaker for 2015. She tops Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and a host of others. The survey was issued online to more than 60,000 enrolled undergraduate students by college marketing agency Fluent from April 23 - May 4, 2015.

Students were also asked to choose which fictional characters they would want most for their commencement speaker. Iron Man's "Tony Stark" rocketed to the top of that list with a seven point lead over the second ranked character, Harry Potter. What if Ellen had to go head-to-head with "Tony Stark?" Ellen comes away the victor in that battle.

Here are the full top-ten rankings for both real and fictional figures. For a copy of the complete survey responses, contact

Top 10 Most Desired Real-Life Commencement Speakers of 2015

1. Ellen DeGeneres
2. Barack Obama
3. Bill Gates
4. Tina Fey
5. Jimmy Fallon
6. Oprah Winfrey
7. Stephen Colbert
8. Beyonce (sorry, Jay-Z, you only made it to #17)
9. Will Ferrell
10. Elon Musk

Top 10 Most Desired Fictional Commencement Speakers of 2015

1. Iron Man/Tony Stark
2. Harry Potter
3. Olivia Pope
4. Yoda
5. Michael Scott
6. Forrest Gump
7. Frank Underwood
8. Ron Burgundy
9. Barney Stinson
10. Katniss Everdeen

Specializing in "translating brands for the college world," Fluent works with clients who want to understand and engage College Millennial Consumers (CMCs) nationwide, both on- and off-campus. With a network encompassing more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Fluent's capabilities include campus activities and programs, College Millennial Consumer insights, digital and social media strategy and activations, and experiential programs. Clients have included major brands such as Kellogg's, Microsoft, Macy's, Jack in the Box, Skype, Zipcar, Kotex, Dove and L'Oreal. For more information, visit:

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