iOS app Android app

Graduation Speeches

Commencement Speakers Earn Big Fees

The Big Money | Amy Tennery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

So, it's college commencement season--the time when hapless parents and siblings sit patiently through three-hour graduation ceremonies. For them, the...

Obama Tells Graduates to Lower Expectations

Jerome Halligan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jerome Halligan

Many members of the audience seemed confused, offering only lukewarm applause when Mr. Obama was finished speaking.

Dissent Is as American as Cherry Pie

Richard N. Haass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard N. Haass

I was about to follow up with other questions when Condi cut me off. "You can save your breath, Richard. The president has already made up his mind on Iraq." This was eight months before the March 2003 start of the conflict.

Katharine Zaleski

Ten Best Commencement Speeches: See A List, Take The Poll | Katharine Zaleski | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

It's graduation season: a time when I'm reminded of a day sitting under the New Hampshire sun -- yes there is summer sun in New Hampshire -- praying t...

Oprah "Community Organizes" for Capitalism

Ariston Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ariston Anderson

Sure, you can praise Oprah for not being a hypocrite. She's rich and she's proud of it. It's kind of tacky to flaunt your riches in a recession, but whatever.

Today's Speech for Tomorrow's Managers

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip N. Cohen

We may use market forces for what they are good for -- setting prices - without being used by them for what they are bad for -- greed and corruption.

Oprah Winfrey Gets Duke Honorary Degree, Urges Students To Find "Higher Ground"

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

DURHAM, N.C. — Oprah Winfrey talked about courage, making wise choices and helping others during a commencement address Sunday at Duke Universit...

Oprah Gives Stanford Grads Books, Calls Class To Service

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Oprah Winfrey spoke at Stanford Commencement Sunday (BFF Gayle King's daughter, and Oprah's goddaughter, Kirby Bumpus, was among the graduates) and la...

Global Warming: a Test for the Next Greatest Generation

Charles Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Charles Alexander

Climate change will affect the lives of billions of people. Like my parents' generation, you will be drafted to save the world. You could be the next greatest generation.

Message to Graduates: "Be a Good Ancestor"

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ambassador Samantha Power

My generation and our predecessors haven't been responsible caretakers. But you can be. Be resilient. Find friends who have your back. And above all, be a good ancestor. You can. And you must.

David McCullough Urges BC Graduates To Speak Properly: Cut The "Like!"

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEWTON, Mass. — Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough has a suggestion for what young people can do for their country. "Please, please...

New Yorker Cartoonist BEK's Difficulty In Writing A Graduation Speech In Cartoons

Bruce Eric Kaplan | Posted 07.29.2011 | Books
Bruce Eric Kaplan

What you are about to read is an excerpt from a little picture book for adults I wrote. It is the story of someone trying to come up with the perfect graduation speech.