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Graduation Speeches

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...

The Best Commencement Speeches 2012: Quotes To Live By

Posted 05.25.2012 | College

"So dream on. Dream on. Dream until your dreams come true." -Robert Fischer, Belmont University, 6:21 "We will ultimately rise up with social act...

The Ultimate Commencement Cliche Drinking Game

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.24.2012 | College

There's something we can guarantee will be in the speeches given at college commencement ceremonies; a boat-load of cliches. Whether you're going t...

Barbara Walters Examines Leadership With Yale Class Of 2012 (VIDEO)

Posted 05.21.2012 | College

ABC News' Barbara Walters delivers a punchy speech to Yale's class of 2012. She discusses her experiences interviewing world leaders on the topic of l...

Lucas Kavner

Bob Schieffer Tells Grads 'Something Wrong' With Politics | Lucas Kavner | Posted 05.19.2012 | Media

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Clad in purple socks, a nod to Louisiana State University's trademark purple and gold, and standing beneath a shimmering disco bal...

WATCH: The Best #MyGraduationSpeech Tweets

Posted 07.18.2012 | Comedy

This week, Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night" hashtag was graduation-inspired. He honored all of the students that don robes and funny hats this time of year...

17 Awesome Comedian Commencement Speeches

The Huffington Post | Seena Vali | Posted 06.29.2012 | Comedy

As the spring semester draws to a close, college seniors everywhere are not only getting ready for their last final exams, but are also preparing to e...

Advice for Design Graduates: Start Now

Emily Pilloton | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
Emily Pilloton

Almost five years ago, I quit a corporate retail design job, moved in with my parents, and started a nonprofit design agency. Many people called this impulsive. What some call impulse, others call initiative. Ideas are worth little without action.

In Search of, Like, Eloquence: Language Zen for College Grads

Rob Asghar | Posted 01.11.2012 | Home
Rob Asghar

Here's the beginner phase: Drop the word like. By using such teen Valley-speak, or Kardashian-speak, you dropped your IQ, in the minds of others, by no less than 20 points.