15 Memorable Celebrity Graduation Speeches

05/27/2015 03:48 pm ET | Updated May 27, 2016

On June 12, 2005, just one year after he was diagnosed with cancer, Steve Jobs delivered an inspiring, impassioned and candid commencement address to the graduating students at Stanford University. He talked about getting fired from Apple, finding the courage follow his dreams, and even how to live as fully as possible before dying. "Your time is limited," he said, "so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And, most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

Over the years, a number of celebrities have delivered memorable commencement speeches. Some are poignant, some hilarious, some endlessly inspiring, and some completely unexpected. From Tom Hanks to Meryl Streep to Will Ferrell to Oprah Winfrey to Bono and more, read some unforgettable graduation speeches at this story.