5 Awesome Commencement Speeches

5 Awesome Commencement Speeches

Steve Jobs at Stanford (2005)
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

J.K. Rowling at Harvard (2008)
“There is an expiry date for blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction.”

Stephen Colbert at Northwestern (2011)
“If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses.”

Toni Morrison at Rutgers (2011)
“Please don’t settle for happiness. It’s not good enough.”

George Saunders at Syracuse (2013)
“It’s a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder.”


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