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Graduation Speeches

Golden Words -- The Great Commencement Speeches of 2014

Marlo Thomas | Posted 08.10.2014 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

A few days ago I was walking near my apartment when a swarm of young men and women whooshed by me. They were all wearing long robes and holding their mortarboard hats fast to their heads, as they rushed in the direction of our neighborhood school. "Hurry!" I heard one say to the others, laughing. "We can't be late for our own graduation!"

The Death of the Graduation Speech?

Craig Agranoff | Posted 08.06.2014 | College
Craig Agranoff

Before everyone got so uptight and sensitive about what was supposed to be a celebration of opportunity, netting stud graduation speakers used to be a bragging rights battle among upper echelon schools and a bit of a star-struck send-off for the grads. Now it's a broken cycle that needs to be fixed.

I Don't Know What The World Has In Store -- And I'm OK With That

Lani Renaldo | Posted 08.04.2014 | Teen
Lani Renaldo

We've been told that everything counts for the future. Your test scores, your grades, who you meet, what you're involved with -- and yes, it does matter, but I'm gonna ask you to do something: Stop worrying about the future.

An Open Letter to the Graduating Class of Malibu High 2014

Michel Shane | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Michel Shane

This graduation is bittersweet for me, as Emily's father I have watched many of you grow up to become the fine young men and women you now are. I see you and wonder what she would be like and the adventures she would be on.

15 Memorable Celebrity Graduation Speeches

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 07.29.2014 | College
Jeryl Brunner

Over the years, a number of celebrities have delivered memorable commencement speeches. Some are poignant, some hilarious, some endlessly inspiring, and some are completely unexpected.

Pomp. Circumstance. Panic.

Dan Zevin | Posted 07.22.2014 | College
Dan Zevin

Long ago, I was a nervous young graduate forced to appear in public wearing a humiliating cap-and-gown ensemble. What the real world had in store for me, I did not know. I presumed it would be like The Real World, whereby a television producer would provide me with a spectacular free loft to live in with a group of fun-loving peers.

In Defense of Student Commencement Protests

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Leonard Steinhorn

These students are being told to swallow their concerns, sit on their hands, and silence their protests all in the name of free speech. Perhaps if they had money, their voice would be welcome.

Sandra Bullock Is The Queen Of Commencement Speeches

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.21.2014 | Entertainment

Graduations are boring, so schools owe it to guests to recruit good commencement speakers. Enter Sandra Bullock, who surprised Warren Easton Charter H...

Tim Minchin's Graduation Speech Perfectly Breaks Down Life's Lessons

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.04.2013 | College

You might recognize Tim Minchin as a famous Australian musician, composer, songwriter, actor, comedian and writer, but did you know that he is also p...

The 20 Things I Wish Someone Told Me at 20

Dr. Karin L. Smithson | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Dr. Karin L. Smithson

As college doors start to swish and swing open, slurping young people back in for fall classes, I feel compelled to put my hand up and say, "Wait, you forgot something."

Don't Be Nice

Linda Flanagan | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Linda Flanagan

Fraud investigator Harry Markopolos is not a nice guy. He would not give up in his lone pursuit of Bernie Madoff, even when the SEC told him to back off. Wendy Davis wasn't nice when she filibustered for 13 hours to block the passage of a strict anti-abortion bill in Texas.

WATCH: 2013 Commencement Speakers Who Are Redefining Success

Posted 06.11.2013 | Women

In her commencement address at Smith College, Arianna Huffington told the class of 2013, "Don't buy society's definition of success, because it's not ...

School Cuts Off Valedictorian Mid-Speech

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion

After reports about several off-message valedictorian speeches at schools around the United States, one Texas high school took efforts last week to ma...

A Graduation Day Speech for the Post-Post-Docs of Life

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Class of 1966, it's my feeling that all of us post-post-docs of life need a graduation speech that will usher us back into our world for one last round of action and activity. After all, we have two obvious things going for us.

Former Obama Speechwriter, Not Surprisingly, Gives Epic Graduation Speech

Upworthy | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

Jon Lovett is not your average commencement speaker, and his speech very much reflects that. ...

Is It Worth It?

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Do our students think that their liberal education proves valuable in regard to their careers and finances in later life? A purely economic indicator seems to show that their answer to that question is Yes.

WATCH: Gay Teen's Incredible Graduation Speech

Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices

A Colorado-based gay teen's incredible commencement speech thanking his graduating classmates for their support is making the blogosphere rounds. ...

Obama Offers Special Message To LGBT Community At College Graduation

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices

President Barack Obama made sure that his speech during the spring 2013 commencement ceremony at Georgia's Morehouse College was inclusive. The At...

Living An Authentic Life

Varun Soni | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Varun Soni

We all have obstacles to overcome and dragons to slay, our path is often treacherous and challenging, and our destination is not always clear. But ultimately, the adventure of the hero is the adventure of being alive.

Wild And Precious Lives: Godspeed Graduates!

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Thinking of these graduates, I turn to Jeremiah, as I often do: "For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope."

8 Words Of Wisdom From Famous Graduation Speakers

Posted 05.17.2013 | Teen

While colleges may be more well-known for attracting famous closing speakers, a few high schools have hosted notable speakers for their graduation cer...

Arianna To Graduates: 'Failure Is Not The Opposite Of Success'

Posted 06.20.2012 | Teen

Last week, Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, addressed the senior class of 2012 at The Nightingale...

Can You Be Both Selfless AND Selfish?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.19.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I was privileged and honored to deliver the keynote address recently at a local high school graduation. My marching orders were to deliver a generally inspiring exhortation on being selfless and giving back in seven minutes or less.

YouTube Celebrities Sing At Graduation! (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.15.2012 | Teen

If you're a graduating senior panicking about your future, hearing the following words from your own high school's alums might be reassuring: "We prim...

What Everyone Can Learn From "You're Not Special"

Posted 06.15.2012 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: It's the end of the school year, and countless public figures -- fr...