2014 Ray Mabus, United Stated Secretary of the Navy
  Peyton Manning, Quarterback of the Denver Broncos
2013 Jim Webb, former U.S. Senator from Virginia
  Stephen Colbert, best-selling author, political satirist, writer, and comedian
2012 Katie Couric, journalist, author, and advocate for cancer research and therapy
  Val Ackerman, Cavalier basketball star and founding president of the WNBA
2011 Robert F. McDonnell, Governor of Virginia
  J. Brady Lum, Special Olympics President and COO
2010 John T. Casteen III, U.Va. President
  David Baldacci, bestselling author
2009 J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.Va. Law School graduate and appeals court judge
  Dawn Staley, a U.Va. alumna who went on to be an Olympian and WNBA all-star
2008 Hunter R. Rawlings III, former President of Cornell University and the University of Iowa; visiting Professor of Classics at U.Va.
  Sheila C. Johnson, entrepreneur and philanthropist
2007 John Grisham, best-selling novelist and Albemarle County resident
Boyd Tinsley, acclaimed violinist of the Dave Matthews Band and U.Va. alumnus
2006 Timothy Kaine, Governor of Virginia
2005 Vivian W. Pinn, Director of the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health
Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winner, author and journalist
2004 Senator John Warner, a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Senate
Tiki Barber, star running back for the National Football League's New York Giants
2003 Mortimer M. Caplin, former Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service
Dr. L. D. Britt, Brickhouse Professor and Chairman at Eastern Virginia Medical School
2002 Mark Warner, Governor of Virginia
David Baldacci, bestselling author
2001 Francis S. Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (Biographical information)
Alfred Berkeley III, president, NASDAQ (Commencement)
Andy Rooney, former CBS News correspondent (Valediction)
Honorable Howard H. Baker, U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Jim Gilmore, Governor of Virginia
Hunter B. Andrews, U.S. senator
Kathryn Thornton, former NASA astronaut
William Raspberry, freelance writer and columnist for the Washington Post
George Allen, former governor of Virginia
John T. Casteen III, president, University of Virginia
Honorable John Charles Thomas, Virginia Supreme Court Justice
W. Nathaniel Howell, Ambassador
Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady