Graduation Speeches – Videos, Transcripts, History & Quotes

Some of the most profound, inspirational and entertaining speeches, presented by the world’s leading individuals, have been given over the years at graduation ceremonies. We have spent a considerable amount of time collecting and archiving graduation speeches from the top universities around the world and are pleased to present them to you on this site. You can browse by year, topic or university and either watch our videos or read the transcripts of each graduation speech. We hope you enjoy watching these speeches and that the advice these individuals give serves you well in life. Stay hungry, stay foolish.

1
Steve Jobs Stanford University 2005
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Bono University of Pennsylvania 2004
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3
Larry Page University of Michigan 2009
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4
Tim Cook Auburn University 2010
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5
Eric Schmidt Carnegie Mellon University 2009
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J.K. Rowling Harvard University 2008
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Denzel Washington University of Pennsylvania 2011
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President Obama University of Michigan 2010
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Jeff Bezos Princeton University 2010
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10
Meryl Streep Columbia University 2010
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Michael Bloomberg University of North Carolina 2012
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12
Oprah Winfrey Howard University 2007
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Bill Gates Harvard University 2007
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Salman Khan Rice University 2012
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Bill Cosby Temple University 2010
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Al Gore University of Tennessee 2010
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Whoopi Goldberg SCAD Savannah 2011
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Michelle Obama Spelman College 2011
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Emory University 2010
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President Obama Arizona State University 2009
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Chris Sacca University of Minnesota 2011
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Barack Obama Northwestern University 2006
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Seth MacFarlane Harvard University 2004
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Bo Jackson Auburn University 2009
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Sacha Baron Cohen Harvard University 2004
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President Obama Hampton University 2010
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Will Ferrell Harvard University 2003
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Bill Clinton Yale University 2010
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Tom Hanks Yale University 2011
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Barack Obama Wesleyan University 2008
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Andy Samberg Harvard University 2012
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Jodie Foster University of Pennsylvania 2006
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Mitt Romney Liberty University 2012
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Arriana Huffinton Sarah Lawrence College 2011
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Chuck Norris Liberty University 2008
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Aaron Sorkin Syracuse University 2012
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Stephen Colbert Northwestern University 2011
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Neil Gaiman University of the Arts 2012
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Ellen DeGeneres Tulane University 2009
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Professor Randy Pausch Carnegie Mellon University 2008
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Dolly Parton University of Tennessee 2009
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Lisa Kudrow Vassar 2010
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Hank Aaron Marquette University 2012
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Glenn Beck Liberty University 2010
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Dr E.O. Wilson University of North Carolina 2011
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Jane Lynch Smith College 2012
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Elie Wiesel Washington University 2011
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Sutton Foster Ball State University 2012
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Tom Brokaw Stanford University 2006
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50
David Foster Wallace Kenyon College 2005
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Susan Rice Stanford University 2010
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Dana Gioia Stanford University 2007
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John Legend Kean University 2011
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Gary Malkowski Gallaudet University 2011
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Professor Soto University of Arizona 2010
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Phil Rosenthal Hofstra University 2011
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Maria Shriver USC Annenberg 2012
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James Carville Tulane University 2008
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Jefferson Smith University of Oregon 2012
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Carl Icahn Drexel University 2008
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Vernice Armour Ashford University 2011
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Tiffany Shlain UC Berkeley 2010
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Drew Brees Loyola University 2010
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Robert Gates Notre Dame University 2011
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Michael Oren Brandeis University 2010
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Sean Lebowitz Binghamton University 2004
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Lee Corso Florida State University 2012
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Jimmy Tingle Harvard University 2010
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President Obama Notre Dame University 2009
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Omid Kordestani San Jose State University 2007
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Barney Frank Harvard University 2012
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Marlee Matlin Wilkes University 2007
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Angela Ahrendts Ball State University 2010
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Amy Poehler Harvard University 2011
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Bill Clinton Walden University 2011
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Kofi Annan University of Pennsylvania 2005
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Anthony Kennedy Stanford University 2009
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Colin Powell Northwestern University 2012
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Cory Booker Stanford University 2012
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Lou Holtz University of Portland 2012
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Ronan Farrow Dominican University of California 2012
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Fareed Zakaria Harvard University 2012
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Sheryl Sandberg Columbia University 2011
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Candy Crowley Maharishi University 2012
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Kati Marton Central European University (CEU) 2011
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Makoto Fujimura Belhaven University 2011
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David Brooks Rice University 2011
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Soledad O’Brien University of Delaware 2012
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John Doerr Rice University 2007
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Neil Howe University of Mary Washington 2012
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Katie Couric Case Western Reserve University 2010
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President Sirleaf Harvard University 2012
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Conan O’Brien Dartmouth College 2011
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Bess Kalb Brown University 2009
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Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson Western New England University 2012
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Amy Gutmann University of Pennsylvania 2011
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John Schlimm University of Pittsburg 2012
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Vartan Gregorian Stanford University 2006
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Rep. Mike Capuano Boston University 2009
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Victor Antonio University of Phoenix 2010
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Dick Enberg Marquette University 2009
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102
Craig Thompson University of Maryland 2010
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Paul Ryan Miami University 2009
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Kamron Pourmand Binghamton University 2008
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Janet Napolitano Emory University 2011
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Francisco Sanchez Forida State University 2012
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Martin O’Malley University of Maryland 2009
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Anne Sceia Klein Rowan University 2011
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John Sharp Texas A&M 2005
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