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Commencement Speech

Harvard Names Commencement Speaker

AP | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Billionaire businessman and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been selected to speak at Harvard University's ...

The Commencement Speech They Should Have Given

Alison Novak | Posted 11.16.2013 | College
Alison Novak

This September, as colleges and universities everywhere head back to school, think about all the millennials who are not and those who wish they still lived in a time where they could "Stay Hungry; Stay Foolish."

Erica Dhawan: Choose Excellence, Class of 2013

Erica Dhawan | Posted 08.16.2013 | Women
Erica Dhawan

My message to graduates was that what really matters is that you must choose excellence, pick a path and master it, and be the most inspiring version of yourself.

The Big Secret No One Tells You

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.13.2013 | Parents
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger As a former colleague of mine used to say--and I mean this in the kindest way to every recent gra...

My Response to Peter Heck

Morgan Mohr | Posted 08.10.2013 | Women
Morgan Mohr

Perhaps Peter Heck is not simply an ultraconservative rural voice, but an indication of the veiled, and even subconscious, distress of men who are encountering a growing number of financially independent women.

The Future of Leadership

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Today as you celebrate this major milestone in your life and commence a new stage of your life journey, I ask you to reflect on the gift of life itself. And life, in essence, is nothing but awareness.

Be Flexible. Be Resilient.

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 08.01.2013 | College
Valerie Jarrett

If you are willing to be flexible, you will find your true passion. So don't restrict your options, and limit your potential, with arbitrary, self-imposed deadlines. But be ready to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, and to be resilient.

Arianna Huffington's Commencement Speech Also Perfect for Boomers

Francine Toder, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2013 | Fifty
Francine Toder, Ph.D.

While intended for Smith College graduates, Arianna Huffington's wise words to graduates of Smith College struck me as similar to the advice I give Vintage Years folks -- those over 55.

Life Lessons In Fighting The Culture Of BS

The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2013 | College

This item has been excerpted from the prepared Commencement Address to the graduates of Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., on May 18, 2013. I re...

To Be a True Practitioner of Democracy

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 05.22.2013 | College
Carnegie Corporation of New York

By Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York. Delivered the following address to The Heller School for Social Policy and Managemen...

Looking Inward, Living Outward

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 07.20.2013 | College
Elisa Villanueva Beard

Whether you're on a clearly paved road to your dream job or you're taking the scenic route, my advice for you is the same. Know yourself. Stretch into the unknown. And when you're on the precipice of change, jump! Jump willingly and jump far.

The Fool's Guide to Life After School

David Trumble | Posted 02.18.2013 | College
David Trumble

I loosely consider this "The Fool's Guide to Things You Won't Truly Realize for About 10 Years." And like your futures, they shall be told in no particular order.

Advice on Lighting Fires

Robert Strong | Posted 11.13.2012 | College
Robert Strong

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." A famous poet may not have said it. I may not know who did say it. But it is true.

Your Child Is Not Special

Liz Gumbinner | Posted 08.12.2012 | Parents
Liz Gumbinner

I want my kids to know I believe in them. But maybe I need to make extra sure that they know while they're always special to me, (and argh, it's hard to say this) they are not special.

WATCH: Melissa Harris-Perry Gets Surprised At Commencement Speech

Posted 06.08.2012 | College

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry got a surprise when she spoke at Wellesley College's commencement on May 25. Each year Wellesley's Commencement sta...

How to Be Important After Graduation

Carl Safina | Posted 08.01.2012 | College
Carl Safina

Never chase money. You are not the product of four billion years of evolution just so you can own a cluttered garage. Make yourself someone rare and valuable -- then instead of chasing money, you'll find money chasing you

Fareed Zakaria At Harvard: The Apollo Space Capsule Couldn't Even Tweet

Posted 05.29.2012 | College

Fareed Zakaria told graduates at Harvard University he was happy to receive a degree from the school in person, 19 years after he earned a Ph.D. Z...

Ira Glass Condemns Commencement Speeches In Commencement Speech

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.25.2012 | College

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, which airs on public radio stations, gave the commencement speech at Goucher College in Baltimore on May 18 whe...

The Most Honest Commencement Speech You'll Never Hear

Lisa Bloom | Posted 07.23.2012 | College
Lisa Bloom

Young Americans, my generation has failed you. Standards have slipped, we've deprioritized education and we've hardly even noticed. And young Americans, you are suffering as a result, arriving into adulthood without the knowledge and skills you need.

Pompus and Circumstance

Tracy Shaffer | Posted 07.22.2012 | Home
Tracy Shaffer

Delivered with aplomb, the speaker took an adeptly right-handed swipe at President Obama. The response from the crowd was a predictable smattering of applause and boos, and while most sat in stunned silence, I was flabbergasted.

WATCH: Neil Gaiman Inspirational Commencement Speech

Posted 05.21.2012 | Books

Neil Gaiman gave a commencement speech last week, and it was typically inspiring. The fiction author famous for "The Sandman" and "Coraline" was also ...

How Obama Won Me Over With a Single Speech

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Holly Robinson

I don't know how to explain this bizarre transformation. The closest I can come is to say that the president emanated an energy that was so generous and good in spirit that I swear I could almost see the halo.

(WATCH) Glee's Jane Lynch Gets Personal In Smith's Commencement Address

Posted 05.21.2012 | College

Glee's Jane Lynch discusses the entitlement she felt once she left graduate school and the transformative power that improv comedy and "yes and" had o...

Maria Shriver's Amazing Commencement Speech

Marlo Thomas | Posted 07.18.2012 | Women
Marlo Thomas

I wanted to share a wonderful speech by my friend Maria Shriver from her daughter's graduation from my alma mater, USC. There is wonderful wisdom in her words. She is right that all too often in our own lives we are not living in the moment, always for something tomorrow, next week or next year.

Maria Shriver's Amazing Commencement Address

Posted 05.18.2012 | Women

I wanted to share a wonderful speech by my friend Maria Shriver from her daughter's graduation from my alma mater USC. There is wonderful wisdom in h...