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Graduation Speeches

Highlights From Student Graduation Speeches In 2016

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.21.2016 | College

Last month, we put a call out for any newly-minted high school or college graduates to submit speeches from their commencement ceremonies. Dozens of s...

Seeking Light in the Shadow of Gun Violence

Noriko Nakada | Posted 06.15.2016 | Fifty
Noriko Nakada

Each school year, as my eighth grade middle school English students wind up the year, I write a graduation speech as a sample for students who are wor...

The 15 Best Graduation Speeches of 2016

Kicker | Posted 06.02.2016 | College
Kicker

It's that time of year again ... when college graduates put on those awkward gowns and head off to commencement, where they sit in the sweltering sun or a stuffy stadium, waiting to grab their diplomas and meet up with their families while half-listening to distinguished speakers dispense timeless wisdom and advice.

We Want To Feature Graduation Speeches From Students!

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.24.2016 | College

Sometimes the best advice at graduation events doesn't come from the college president, school principal or celebrity brought in to speak at the cerem...

Oprah Delivers Commencement Address The Way Only Oprah Can

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 05.23.2016 | OWN

Sunday morning, Oprah Winfrey stood in front of a crowd of college graduates, their family members and a slew of reporters to deliver the commencement...

WATCH: President Obama Warns of Danger of Safe Spaces At Howard Grad Speech

COED.com | Posted 05.12.2016 | College
COED.com

President Barack Obama spoke at Howard University's commencement speech on Saturday afternoon. POTUS took the time out of his busy schedule to speak a...

Don't Sleep Through the Revolution: A Graduation Message for a Dark Age

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The only way we'll ever achieve change in this country is for this generation of young people to say "enough is enough" and fight for the things that truly matter.

Be a Volunteer: An Inspirational Commencement Speech

MeiMei Fox | Posted 07.01.2016 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

"I'm not important, but I have an earnest message for the world," Alison says. "You are not being asked to go shave your head and become a monk, but to imagine a world where everyone does their part."

15 Memorable Celebrity Graduation Speeches

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 05.27.2016 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

On June 12, 2005, just one year after he was diagnosed with cancer, Steve Jobs delivered an inspiring, impassioned and candid commencement address to ...

Collective Wisdom for the Class of 2015

Dan Cardinali | Posted 05.26.2016 | Education
Dan Cardinali

We are the community of Communities In Schools. We live all across the country, we are young and not-so-young, we are teachers, business leaders, parents, grandparents, friends, and, most of all, we are proud of you.

Golden Words -- The Great Commencement Speeches of 2014

Marlo Thomas | Posted 08.10.2014 | Home
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 Luise | Posted 10.01.2013 | College
Dr. Karin Luise

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....