Here is a compilation of some of the greatest Graduation / Commencement Speeches by some really inspiring people.
At her Harvard commencement speech, "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling offers some powerful, heartening advice to dreamers and overachievers, including one hard-won lesson that she deems "worth more than any qualification I ever earned."
Robert De Niro gives amazing graduation speech to the New York University Tisch School of the Arts' commencement telling the students they would have a hard time finding jobs after graduation.
Conan has some encouraging words for the 2011 Dartmouth College senior class on the day of their graduation. Also this is the funniest one.
Meryl Streep speaks at Barnard College, Columbia University Commencement 2010. Running transcript of speech included. An American actress who has worked in theater, television, and film, Streep has received 16 Academy Award nominations and 15 Golden Globe nominations. She won two Oscars and seven Golden Globes.
Amy Poehler delivers Harvard University's 2011 Class Day speech at Tercentenary Theater in Harvard Yard, May 25, 2011
Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman ’03 addresses graduating seniors at Harvard’s Senior Class Day ceremony on May 27, 2015 at Tercentenary Theatre.
Top-rated television show host and New Orleans native Ellen DeGeneres was the keynote speaker at Tulane University's 2009 Commencement. This was the graduation of the "Katrina Class" that entered in Fall 2005. Ellen was introduced by Tulane president Scott Cowen.
Facebook COO, author and Harvard alumna Sheryl Sandberg '91, M.B.A. '95 addresses graduating seniors at Harvard's Senior Class Day ceremony on May 28, 2014 at Tercentenary Theatre.
Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks-- including death itself-- at Stanford University's 114th Commencement on Sunday in Stanford Stadium.
Even though all these speeches were given to graduates of Ivy League Universities, the wisdom and story of success is for everyone. True Inspiration and Passion is hard to achieve but it is free and available to each one of us.
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