Best Graduation Speeches

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Yes, it’s that time of year again…graduation season.

I’ve attended my fair share of graduations over the years and I have to say that I deeply feel for commencement speakers. There’s no doubt that it’s a great honor speak on such an occasion, but it’s often the part of the ceremony that people would like to speed through. Fortunately, there have been some great commencement speeches recorded over the years that have been thoroughly inspiring and/or hilarious. Here are a few of my favorites:

What are some of your favorites?

JUST ADDED (June 20, 2011 12:43pm PST): Tom Hanks at Yale

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13 Responses to Best Graduation Speeches

  1. Along with humor and engaging audiences, it’s a challenge to offer a diverse audience a message that will resonate and leave them with gifts for their journey ahead.

    Here’s an example of a storied approach to this challenge. A collage of stories is used to offer students three gifts for their journey (judgment, compassion, and mercy).

    http://www.vimeo.com/24981140

  2. charlestlee says:

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  3. charlestlee says:

    Best Graduation Speeches (Videos) http://bit.ly/lpWF3c // Your favorites?

  4. I think it’s funny that Steve Jobs’ introduction was almost as long as his actual speech.

  5. Nate says:

    I loved these… Will Farrell is so funny. I stumbled across Tom Hank’s address at Yale this year on another site. He did a great job too!

  6. Another one that was tagged at the end of Tom Hank’s – Denzel Washington’s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baIlinqoExQ

  7. Ming-Yun Tang says:

    Here’s another great one:

    Stephen Colbert at Northwestern, 2011
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6tiaooiIo0

  8. charlestlee says:

    Thanks for RT's @Sliaghat @natespees // Best Graduation Speeches (Videos) http://bit.ly/lpWF3c

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