The Daily Caller grades this year’s notable college commencement speakers [SLIDESHOW]

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Spring is in the air, except in places such as Arkansas, where global warming has caused the latest snowfall since records began in 1819. Or something. Anyway, the point is that college commencement season is upon us.

While most schools — especially in these cash-strapped times — tap a halfway-successful alum or maybe a local demagogue, some schools manage to score a national politician or pony up a big wad of cash to bring in somebody prominent or otherwise famous.

Here, in the slideshow below, is The Daily Caller’s take on 16 well-known personalities who will speak at commencement ceremonies around the country in 2013.

Robby Soave contributed to this report. 

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