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Commencement Speakers

Give a Year? Give Us Advice

Ellen Meyers | Posted 08.16.2013 | College
Ellen Meyers

Last week, I had my high school graduation. Sitting in the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, my classmates and I were anxious to get through all the spe...

The Best Commencement Speeches 2013

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.04.2013 | College

There's something about May, more than other months of the year, that makes people want to share advice and try to inspire each other. May also happen...

17 Funniest Lines from Monty Python Star Eric Idle's Commencement Speech

Gillian Frew | Posted 07.21.2013 | College
Gillian Frew

Now, thanks to his hilarious performance at Whitman College last weekend, the British comedian can add coveted commencement speaker and honorary doctor of fine arts to that list.

The Contrarian Approach to Commencement: Why I'm Giving the Speech

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 07.14.2013 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

Perhaps we should step back and reexamine our criteria for commencement success. I believe forgoing a famous external speaker makes it possible to celebrate the day more fully, because it keeps the focus where it belongs.

Where The Chobani, Dropbox, Apple And Facebook Founders Are Giving Commencement Speeches

Posted 05.10.2013 | Business

Around this time each year, American universities call upon CEOs, top government officials, famous authors and others who've reached the top of their ...

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.

Spongebob Reminds College Graduates of Their Childhood

Becky Hayes | Posted 09.18.2012 | College
Becky Hayes

Spongebob Squarepants reminded students at the University of Vermont of these life lessons right before they were handed their tickets into adulthood -- college diplomas.

My Commencement Address at Bronx Community College

Billy Shore | Posted 08.01.2012 | College
Billy Shore

Whether you are a banker on Wall Street or a baker on Arthur Avenue we are each other's harvest.

Katherine Bindley

How Colleges Land Top Commencement Speakers

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

The Coolest 2012 Commencement Speakers

Posted 04.13.2012 | College

We gave you round one, now here's round two of some of the 2012 commencement speakers we're excited about. Being journalists and admitted nerds, Hu...

Should Schools Be Banned From Paying Commencement Speakers?

Posted 07.31.2011 | College

New Jersey lawmakers proposed a bill last week that would bar the payment for commencement speakers at public colleges or universities. The bill ...

Unforgettable Commencement Speeches

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 07.23.2011 | College

The right commencement speaker can make all the difference come graduation. Sometimes a speaker says something so on key that it sticks with you fo...

A Few Words for the Class of 2011

xxxDan Treadwayxxx | Posted 07.20.2011 | College
xxxDan Treadwayxxx

After 120 some-odd credit hours, innumerable cheap alcoholic beverages, and roughly 2.7 romantic relationships, you are now a college graduate. So, what now?

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...