If you’re looking for a way to get inspired for an upcoming speech or presentation, check out 10 of the best commencement speeches, included below.
Why am I sharing commencement speeches?
Commencement speeches are an opportunity to hear some of the brightest minds deliver inspiration to the future leaders of our world. The buzzing atmosphere of a commencement is filled with a mixture of excitement, fear, hope, joy, nostalgia, and bittersweet goodbyes. This atmosphere seems to bring out the best in many speakers, and that is why commencement speeches are worth watching, even if your college days are long gone.
The wisdom shared during commencement speeches is available for everyone to take and use in their own lives.
I hope these speeches inspire you, as they did me.
So find your place to stand — your place of wisdom and peace and strength. And from that place, lead the third women’s revolution. – Arianna Huffington
Never let others define you, define yourselves. – Ed Helms
In improvisation there is one hard and fast rule, and that rule is known as “Yes And”. – Maya Rudolph
For the most important decisions in your life, trust your intuition, and then work with everything you have to prove it right. – Tim Cook
Get ready for my generation to tell you everything that can’t be done…we should know…we’re the ones who didn’t do them. – Stephen Colbert
Don’t let your fears overwhelm your desire. Let the barriers you face—and there will be barriers—be external, not internal. – Sheryl Sandberg
… one day you will understand that it is harder to be kind than to be clever. – Jeff Bezos
When you are free from self-doubt, you fail better. – Jennifer Lee
Don’t be deceived by life’s outcomes. Life’s outcomes, while not entirely random, have a huge amount of luck baked into them. – Michael Lewis
Your calling isn’t something that somebody can tell you about….You know it inside yourself. – Oprah Winfrey
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