It's cap-and-gown season again -- that special time of year when we celebrate our academic accomplishments while our parents cry and take pictures of the whole thing, and then post said photos to Facebook, and OMG, get ready for the pictures and the tears and the albums.
That said, graduating college is obviously a very special milestone in our lives (and our parents' too -- just smile through the damn pictures and let them enjoy it). And though it sounds trite, commencement ceremonies are the demarcation line between our youthful past and the next chapter of our lives. Our entry into the lovely/dreaded/amazing/terrifying/incredible entity collectively known as The Real World. The cool thing is, sometimes, we get amazing commencement speakers to give us some advice on our transition into that ~ real world ~.
Here's our list of kind-of-a-big-deal commencement speakers who'll be gracing podiums across the nation in 2015. And, yes, they'll look great on your parents' Facebook timeline:
President Obama -- Lake Area Technical Institute and The U.S. Cost Guard AcademyMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
In 20 years, everyone who graduated from these schools will be like, "oh yeah, remember that time the LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD spoke at my graduation?" And I will be jealous.
Matthew McConaughey -- University of HoustonGetty Images
Adulthood can be intimidating, but M-Squared (definitely not his nickname) will assure you that it's gonna be alright, alright, alright.
Apple CEO Tim Cook -- George Washington UniversityStephen Lam/Getty Images
He's an inspiration in tech and life.
Michelle Obama -- Tuskegee University and Oberlin CollegeSarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images
Our FLOTUS will also be imparting her flawlessness upon our nation's youth this commencement season.
Bill Nye the Science Guy -- Rutgers UniversityPaul Morigi/Getty Images
He's guaranteed to bring bow ties and bonafide wisdom to everyone at the Rutgers ceremony.
Ed Helms -- University Of VirginiaTheo Wargo/Getty Images
He was on "The Office." And in "The Hangover." This is probably going to be the funniest and most endearing commencement speech ever.
Neil deGrasse Tyson -- UMass AmherstCindy Ord/Getty Images for FOX
As a total NDT stan, I'm particularly jealous of this one. Who better to direct you through the cosmos of your life, while wearing a dope-yet-tasteful tie of the solar system? BTW, I'm sneaking into this ceremony.
Maya Rudolph -- Tulane UniversityDonato Sardella/Getty Images for Coalition for Engaged Education
From "SNL" to "Bridesmaids," we've watched this literal goddess evolve in her career -- it's a trajectory we hope our friends at Tulane are paying close attention to.
Christopher Nolan -- Princeton UniversityJemal Countess/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival
I mean, he did direct "The Dark Knight" trilogy. And "Inception." And "Memento." Maybe his genius will rub off on the audience of ... geniuses-in-the-making (it is Princeton, after all).
Gloria Steinem -- Bennington CollegeMike Windle/Getty Images for Equality Now
Feminist icon and epitome of #goals.
Vice President Joe Biden -- Yale UniversityRJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images
We get it, it's the Ivy League and it's only fitting to have a superstar commencement speaker. But might we request the Vice President also DJ the event? I have this weird feeling that the VP would make an incredible DJ.
Denzel Washington -- Dillard UniversityBobby Bank/WireImage/Getty Images
He's won two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes, so he must be doing something right. TEACH US YOUR WAYS, DENZEL.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright -- Tufts UniversityWendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
When the first female secretary of state is speaking, I hope you all are listening and taking copious notes to better inform ALL of your life decisions. #Goals
Stephen Colbert -- Wake Forest UniversityTimothy Hiatt/Getty Images
Who better to advise the youth of America than the man who literally invented the Americone Dream?
Congrats, class of 2015! Bring snacks to the ceremony (you'll thank us later).