06/19/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

26 College Degrees' Worth of Wisdom...In 1,000 Words

When author J.K. Rowling told Harvard's Class of 2008 last week about the benefits of failure and the power of imagination, she capped off an all-star commencement-speech season. Among the other big names lending advice to graduates of U.S. colleges this year were Disney's Robert Iger, science guy Bill Nye and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.

To save you the trouble of attending dozens of college commencements, Buzzwatch sifted through the speeches to find the themes and highlights. We've also included links if you want to read about some of the speeches in detail.

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