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Graduation Speakers

To Be and Not to Be: 5 Tips for Commencement Speakers

Verelyn Gibbs Watson | Posted 05.27.2013 | College
Verelyn Gibbs Watson

Speak from the heart about what you know and what you've experienced in a way that helps these new graduates navigate the ever-changing world ahead. The most important thing to "be" is yourself.

Is It True About Commencement Speeches? (A Response to James Franco)

Adam Levin | Posted 07.24.2012 | College
Adam Levin

The system by which we fund higher education may be horribly broken, but that in no way means the people who are a product of it should be written off. Graduates should feel empowered to effect these changes. If they don't -- if they're all too cynical and feel there's no use in trying -- then we're in big trouble.

Katherine Bindley

How Colleges Land Top Commencement Speakers | Katherine Bindley | Posted 05.09.2012 | College

A good commencement speech gets graduates motivated about their futures; a great commencement speech gets cited as a source of inspiration for years a...

Is This College Graduation Speaker Worth $30,000?

Posted 05.29.2011 | College

How much is a really good graduation speaker worth? $110,000? That's how much Katie Couric received from the University of Oklahoma in 2006. How...

The Most CONTROVERSIAL Graduation Speakers

Huffington Post | Leah Finnegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Commencement speakers can be equal-opportunity offenders, irking people across party lines -- orators are either too liberal or too conservative, too ...

Some Commencement Speakers Shine More Brightly Than Others

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Barack Obama will address the class of 2010 at the University of Michigan. Bill Clinton will do the same at Yale. And at Colby College in Maine, Judit...