The Most Popular College Commencement Speeches on the Internet

mortarIt’s graduation season! That means that the proportion of inspirational words of wisdom to hours of the day is increased ten fold compared to any other season of the year.

Just because you’re not graduating or attending a graduation ceremony does not mean you have to miss out on some of the favorite speeches given in the last couple of years.

Here’s a list from the Huffington Post of some of the most watched commencement speeches:

1. Binghamton University
Undergraduate Anthony Corvino sheds light on the “average” individuals out there, who aren’t often in the limelight.  His humorous speech has garnered almost 200k views!

2. University of Tennessee
Country crooner Dolly Parton surprises the graduating class in 2009 with her great speaking skills.

3. Carnegie Mellon
Bill Cosby was Carnegie Mellon’s 2007 keynote speaker. According the Huffington Post, the experience led Mr. Cosby to give Carnegie Mellon its first live mascot, a Scottish terrier named Scotty who arrived in Pittsburgh in May 2008.

4. Tulane University
New Orleans native, and hilarious comedian, Ellen Degeneres was the keynote speaker at Tulane University’s 2009 Commencement. This was the graduation of the “Katrina Class” that entered in Fall 2005.

5. Barnard College
Who wouldn’t want the million-times Oscar nominated Meryl Streep to deliver their commencement ceremony’s keynote address? I wonder if she did it in character…

6. University of Michigan
President Barack Obama spoke to a packed Big House at the 2010 Michigan commencement ceremony.

7. Vassar College
Funny lady Lisa Kudrow, a Vassar graduate herself, channeled her ’85 self to give the graduates the best advice she could.

8. Stanford University
The lady of the hour, (if you happen to read this in a few days, months, years from now, this was written the day the last episode of her show aired) Oprah, gave an, as always, inspirational speech to the Standford grads of 2008. They also all discovered keys to their new cars under their seats! Just kidding.

9. Carnegie Mellon
Randy Pausch, the incredibly moving and influential co-author of “The Last Lecture” surprised Carnegie Mellon graduates in 2008 with this speech.  It has 1.3 million views.

10. Stanford University
Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

Who would you want to speak at your graduation ceremony? Comment and let us know!

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  1. Melissa Tran says:

    You guys totally just skipped Conan O’Brian’s speech at Harvard! That was the best of the best.

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