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Commencement Speeches

The Gifted Speaker -- Throwing Yourself Under the Bus

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

Knowing where you can go wrong will help you to watch for these pitfalls. With everything positive you are attempting to put into your presentation it's good to look at what you can avoid and what may pull your speech down.

Steve Jobs's Most Important Gift To Millennials Wasn't The iPhone

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.14.2014 | College

Nine years and 19 million YouTube views later, Steve Jobs's commencement address to Stanford University's graduating class of 2005 has achieved iconic...

Disinvitation Season, Free Speech, and Unlearning Liberty

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 03.10.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Every year around commencement time my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), gets ready for what we call "disinvitat...

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 ...

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...

Don't Call on Me, Please!

Jennifer Rosen | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rosen

Whenever I catch myself reverting to a place of doubt, I latch onto certain markers like my therapist's feedback as a reminder that my thoughts do indeed have their rightful place and that somebody somewhere is interested in what I have to say.

The Job of Life

Penny Love | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Penny Love

Steve Jobs' greatest gift to us might not be having the Internet in a small glass square in our pocket, but rather, his reminder to look down at our own feet and make sure they are moving in the same direction as our own heart and inner vision.

A Few Words at Commencement

Robert Strong | Posted 09.05.2013 | College
Robert Strong

At its best, a liberal education is cultivated curiosity, tolerance for alternative points of view, humility in response to deeply challenging questions, ingenuity in making connections across disparate disciplines, and independence of thought anchored in an acquaintance with the enduring mysteries of the human condition.

My UCLA Class of 2013 Commencement Speech

Serena Lee | Posted 08.21.2013 | College
Serena Lee

When we first entered UCLA, we walked into these hallowed halls as young adults with our minds open and ready to learn. This university inspires us to follow our dreams.

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.

Letting Stress Win: A Commencement Speech

Michael Hobbes | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Hobbes

Moving to Denmark is the best thing I ever did. Not because I loved everything about it, or because it made me a less anxious person, or because I assimilated into it like a mermaid to a fairy tale. I didn't.

Graduating to the Adulthood of the World

Craig Snyder | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Craig Snyder

I'd like you to pretend with me that you are much older than today and that you are remembering, as if you had already been witness to, what are today...

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 ...

Words of Wisdom From a Community College Commencement

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2013 | College
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

Commencement ceremonies are celebratory and often emotional events. I would put forth that community college commencements are particularly moving. Why? For many of our students, the community college was the second chance -- or perhaps the only chance -- at higher education.

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.

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.

The Moral Arc of the Universe Bends Towards Justice, But It Will Not Happen on Its Own

Larry Brilliant, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2013 | College
Larry Brilliant, M.D.

The arc of history will not bend towards justice without you bending it. Public health needs you to ensure health for all. Seize that history. Bend that arc.

Commencement Season

Domonique Foxworth | Posted 07.30.2013 | Sports
Domonique Foxworth

Remember that you are empowered to make all your own decisions. Never cede that freedom or control of your own life. Be smart, be disciplined and keep the big picture in mind as you journey out into the real world.

Commencement: Nonviolence, Diversity, Equality

Michael Roth | Posted 05.28.2013 | College
Michael Roth

The free inquiry at the core of learning certainly depends on vigorous discussion and debate; it depends on our willingness to take risks and to discover that even our deepest convictions may be mistaken. But learning also requires freedom from the senseless wounding of aggression.

A Commencement Speech to Myself

Emme | Posted 07.28.2013 | Fifty

I realized, I could use a commencement of my own, a speech that put me front and center of my own life possibly celebrating 50 years on this earth and being proud of it.

Meet The Young Chicago Native Who Became Obama's New Speechwriter

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 05.26.2013 | Chicago

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama decided to attend a memorial service in Arizona for victims of a deadly mass shooting that severely injured ...

President Obama and the New Talented Tenth

Theodore Johnson | Posted 07.23.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

Certainly, the name "Talented Tenth" carries baggage that may be insurmountable. It is rather difficult to redefine an infamous concept that has existed for nearly 120 years.

Warren To Graduates: 'I Know It Is Hard Out There'

LinkedIn | Elizabeth Warren | Posted 05.23.2013 | Business

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn Influencers. Follow Elizabeth Warren on secure: 1 . Class of 2013, you’re heading out into the world...

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.

16 Best Pieces of Career Advice from 2013 Commencement Speeches

Danny Rubin | Posted 07.21.2013 | College
Danny Rubin

Commencement speeches are typically reserved for graduating seniors anxiously awaiting the rest of their lives. But sometimes the advice is so good, we should all pay attention.