Commencement Addresses

By Ladders | The best commencement addresses of this year and all time.

Abby Wambach to Barnard’s Class of 2018: ‘Demand the ball’

<b>Below is the transcript (and video) of soccer star Abby Wambach’s commencement speech to Barnard’s Class of 2018:</b><p>Greetings to President Beilock, …

Michelle Obama

George Saunders: ‘What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness’

<b>It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of</b> …

Motivation

Jeff Bezos: ‘It’s harder to be kind than clever’

<b>It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of</b> …

Jeff Bezos

Ellen DeGeneres: ‘As you grow, you’ll realize the definition of success changes’

<b>It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of</b> …

Motivation

J.K. Rowling: ‘Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations’

<b>It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of</b> …

Motivation

Conan O’Brien: ‘Through disappointment you can gain clarity’

<b>It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of</b> …

David Letterman

David Foster Wallace: ‘You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t’

<b>It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of</b> …

David Foster Wallace

Justin Trudeau to NYU’s Class of 2018: ‘Do you want to win an argument or change the world?’

<b>Below is the transcript (and video) of Justin Trudeau’s commencement speech to NYU’s Class of 2018:</b><p>Bonjour tout le monde! Merci et félicitations!<p>I am …

Justin Trudeau

Rex Tillerson: ‘Integrity is the most valuable asset you have’

The former U.S. Secretary of State and former CEO of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, delivered the commencement address today at the Virginia Military …

Rex Tillerson

Tim Cook to Duke’s Class of 2018: ‘You must find your fearlessness’

<b>Below is the transcript (and video) of Tim Cook’s commencement speech to Duke’s Class of 2018:</b><p>Hello, Blue Devils! It’s great to be back.<p>It’s an honor …

Tim Cook

Oprah Winfrey to USC’s Class of 2018: ‘Declare war on cynicism’

<b>Below are excerpts and video of Oprah Winfrey’s commencement speech to USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s Class of …

Oprah Winfrey

Chadwick Boseman to Howard’s Class of 2018: ‘Take the harder way’

<b>Below are excerpts and video of Chadwick Boseman’s commencement speech to Howard’s Class of 2018:</b><p>This is a magical place, a place where the dynamics …

Comics

Condoleezza Rice to High Point’s Class of 2016: ‘Don’t let anyone else define your passion’

Follow Ladders’ Commencement Addresses magazine on Flipboard to watch and read all of the most inspiring speeches from this year and years past.<p>It is …

Condoleezza Rice

Nikki Haley to Clemson’s Class of 2018: ‘Social media lives aren’t the real world’

<b>Below is the video of United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley’s commencement address to Clemson’s Class of 2018:</b><p>Haley, a child of immigrants, said her …

Social Media

Sheryl Sandberg to UC Berkley’s Class of 2016: ‘You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience’

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Michael Bloomberg to Michigan’s Class of 2016: ‘An open mind is the most valuable asset ‘

<b>It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of</b> …

Political Science

Lady Antebellum to UGA’s Class of 2018: ‘You can take a big risk’

<b>Below is the full transcript of the commencement address by Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood to Georgia’s Class of 2018:</b><p><b>Dave …

Country Music

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Penn’s Class of 2016: ‘Immigrants get the job done’

<b>It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of</b> …

Alexander Hamilton

Tim Cook to MIT’s Class of 2017: ‘How will you serve humanity?’

<b>It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of</b> …

World Leaders

Steve Jobs to Stanford’s Class of 2005: ‘Stay hungry. Stay foolish.’

<b>It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of</b> …

Inspiration

William Shatner to NEIT’s Class of 2018: ‘The real world is both beautiful and ugly’

<b>Below are excerpts from William Shatner’s commencement address to New England Institute of Technology’s Class of 2018:</b><p>I want to talk to you about …

William Shatner

Mark Zuckerberg to Harvard’s Class of 2017: ‘Purpose is what creates true happiness’

<b>It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of</b> …

Universal Basic Income

Barbara Bush to Wellesley’s Class of 1990: ‘Believe in something larger than yourself’

<b>It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of</b> …

Mermaids

Ronan Farrow to Loyola Marymount’s Class of 2018: ‘Trust that inner voice’

<b>Below is the full transcript of Ronan Farrow’s commencement address to Loyola Marymount University’s Class of 2018:</b><p>Hello Class of 2018! Faculty, …

Chuck Todd