5 Commencement Speeches That Will Inspire You

By Tonka Dobreva 05.15.2017 interact

Every year, some of the world’s most famous people give commencement speeches to graduating college students across the country. Whether funny, serious or uplifting, these speeches are meant to inspire the thousands of young people getting ready to enter the real world. Luckily, you don’t need to be a college graduate to experience those awe-inspiring talks. Watch our list of inspiring commencement speeches below.

Bill Clinton, New York University 2011

During President Bill Clinton’s time in the White House, the United States experienced its largest economic expansion. After leaving the White House, Clinton continued to aid the U.S. in foreign affairs, and is widely considered one of the most influential leaders of our time.

Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005

Though he never graduated from college, Steve Jobs was known for his brilliance. As the head of Apple and Pixar, he was responsible for many of the technological marvels we use today.

Oprah Winfrey, Harvard University, 2013

Few people are as inspiring as Oprah Winfrey. She rose from poverty to become one of the most successful people in television history. Her work in media forever changed the way people watched TV.

Stephen Colbert, Knox College, 2006

Stephen Colbert is best known for his success at combining the worlds of comedy and politics. The many awards that he’s won for his work prove that journalism doesn’t always have to be serious.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Rice University, 2013

Thanks to Neil deGrasse Tyson, science has become cool again. His work in bringing astrophysics into popular culture has changed how we think about space.



  1. Kayla T

    Very inspiring notes from very famous people.

  2. izzy

    that is boreing

  3. bailey poths

    i am ready for my speech

  4. TaylorMississippi

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