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How Obama Has Used Commencement Speeches Over the Years
Annual State of the Union addresses for the youngBy Maya Rhodan June 3, 2016
Matt Damon Gives Good Will Hunting Lesson to MIT Grads: 'I Now Know Better Than to Cry at MIT'
Watch Matt Damon as he addresses the class of 2016By Matt Damon June 3, 2016
Watch Live: Michelle Obama Delivers CUNY Commencement Address
As she speaks to the class of 2016By TIME Staff June 3, 2016
Watch Matt Damon's MIT Commencement Speech Live
As he addresses the Class of 2016By Matt Damon June 3, 2016
Sherrilyn Ifill to Vassar Grads: 'Leave Space in Your Life'
The President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund shares her advice for the Class of 2016By Sherrilyn Ifill June 3, 2016
Obama to U.S. Air Force Academy Grads: How to Keep Our Nation Secure
Watch President Obama's U.S. Air Force Academy commencement addressBy Barack Obama June 2, 2016
Writer Jodi Picoult to Princeton Grads: 'You Don't Know What You're Capable of Until You're Told No'
The My Sister's Keeper author shares her advice for the Class of 2016By Jodi Picoult June 1, 2016
James Franco Tells Cornell Grads He 'Felt Trapped' as an Actor
Watch James Franco's Cornell commencement speechBy James Franco May 31, 2016
Steven Spielberg to Grads: 'Earn This'
Watch film director Steven Spielberg's Harvard commencement speechBy Steven Spielberg May 27, 2016
Ash Carter to US Naval Academy Grads: 'You’ve Chosen One of the Noblest Professions There Is'
Watch Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's US Naval Academy commencement speechBy Ash Carter May 27, 2016
Sara Martinez Tucker to Grads: 'Find Your Talents, Find Your Voice, Find Your Passion'
Watch the CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative's University of Texas at Austin commencement speechBy Sara Martinez Tucker May 24, 2016
Loretta Lynch to Grads: 'The World Needs Champions'
Watch Loretta Lynch's American University Washington College of Law commencement speechBy Loretta Lynch May 24, 2016
Elizabeth Warren to Grads: 'Fight for the Kind of World You Want to Live In'
Watch U.S. Senator and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren's Suffolk University commencement speechBy Sen. Elizabeth Warren May 23, 2016
David Gergen to Elon Grads: North Carolina Becoming 'The Poster Child of Backward-Looking Leadership'
'Now we are in the same headlines as Mississippi,' said the political commentator and former presidential advisorBy David Gergen May 23, 2016
Tom Wolf to Grads: 'Self-Actualization Does Not Occur in a Social Vacuum'
Watch Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf's Dickinson College commencement speechBy Tom Wolf May 23, 2016
How to Be Successful, According to 2016 Commencement Speakers
From Madeleine Albright to President ObamaBy Emily Straus May 23, 2016
Bill Moyers to Grads: President Johnson Didn't Think We'd Have a Black President Yet
Watch American journalist and political commentator Bill Moyers speak at the Rutgers commencement ceremonyBy Bill Moyers May 23, 2016
Hank Azaria to Grads: Ignore Your Instincts 'at Your Own Peril'
Watch Hank Azaria's Tufts University commencement speechBy Hank Azaria May 22, 2016
Arianna Huffington to Grads: 'Your Attention Is Truly the Most Valuable Currency'
Watch Arianna Huffington's Colby College commencement speechMay 22, 2016
Samantha Power to Grads: 'Invest Yourself Fully. Get Close'
Watch Samantha Power's Yale University commencement speechBy Samantha Power May 22, 2016
Rita Dove to Grads: 'Instead of Advice, I Will Give You Wishes'
Watch Rita Dove's University of Virginia commencement speechBy Rita Dove May 22, 2016
Mahershala Ali to Grads: 'We Are All Co-Creators of Our Respective Destinies'
Watch Mahershala Ali's Saint Mary's College of California commencement speechBy Mahershala Ali May 22, 2016
David Axelrod to Grads: 'Don't Even Try to Plot Where You'll Be in 30 Years'
Watch the chief strategist for Barack Obama's campaigns give his commencement speech at Eureka CollegeBy David Axelrod May 20, 2016
Mo Rocca to Sarah Lawrence Grads: 'You've Got Time'
Mo Rocca is an American humorist, journalist and actorBy Mo Rocca May 20, 2016
Darren Walker to Grads: 'Stand For Something'
Watch the Ford Foundation president's New York University commencement speechBy Darren Walker May 19, 2016
Eboo Patel to Wake Forest Grads: 'The Only Shame Is in Stagnation'
Eboo Patel is a member of President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood PartnershipsBy Eboo Patel May 18, 2016
J.K. Simmons to Grads: 'Live in the Moment'
Watch the actor's commencement speech at University of MontanaBy Emily Straus May 18, 2016
Earl Lewis: 'Never Confuse the Attainment Of An Education With What It Means To Be Educated'
Watch Earl Lewis' commencement speech at Carnegie Mellon UniversityBy Earl Lewis May 17, 2016
Cory Booker to Grads: 'You're Going to Make Mistakes'
Watch Cory Booker's George Washington University commencement addressBy Cory Booker May 17, 2016
Hoda Kotb: 'Have the Courage to Ask'
Watch Hoda Kotb's commencement speech at Tulane UniversityBy Emily Straus May 17, 2016
Vivek Murthy to Grads: 'Live a Connected Life'
Watch U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy's commencement speech at the University of ArizonaMay 17, 2016
Lin-Manuel Miranda to Grads: 'Your Stories Are Essential'
Watch 'Hamilton' writer Lin-Manuel Miranda's University of Pennsylvania commencement speechBy Lin-Manuel Miranda May 16, 2016
Madeleine Albright: 'Leave Room in Your Brain for Ideas That You Have Not Thought About Before'
Watch Madeleine Albright's Scripps College commencement speechBy Madeleine Albright May 16, 2016
Russell Wilson to Grads: 'When Life Tells You No, Stay Ready'
Watch Russell Wilson's University of Wisconsin-Madison commencement speechBy Russell Wilson May 16, 2016
Obama to Grads: Building Walls Is 'A Betrayal of Who We Are'
Read President Obama's Rutgers University commencement addressBy Barack Obama May 16, 2016
Sheryl Sandberg: 'Finding Gratitude and Appreciation Is Key to Resilience'
Read Sheryl Sandberg's commencement speech at UC BerkeleyBy Sheryl Sandberg May 15, 2016
William Foege to Grads: 'Every Day We Edit Our Obituaries'
Watch Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dr. William Foege’s Emory University commencement speechBy William Foege May 12, 2016
Condoleezza Rice to Grads: 'Don't Let Anyone Else Define Your Passion'
Watch Condoleezza Rice's High Point University commencement speechBy Condoleezza Rice May 10, 2016
Jill Bolte Taylor: 'We Have the Power to Choose Who We Want to Be'
Watch Jill Bolte Taylor's Butler University commencement speechBy Jill Bolte Taylor May 9, 2016
Barack Obama: 'Passion Is Vital, But You've Got to Have a Strategy'
Watch Barack Obama's Howard University commencement speechBy Barack Obama May 9, 2016
Anne-Marie Slaughter: 'Care Is as Important as Career'
Anne-Marie Slaughter also stressed the importance of heart and family in her University of Utah commencement speechBy Anne-Marie Slaughter May 6, 2016
Michael Bloomberg: 'An Open Mind Is the Most Valuable Asset You Can Possess'
Watch Michael Bloomberg's University of Michigan commencement speechBy Emily Straus May 2, 2016
Jane Goodall: 'Remember to Live to Your True Human Potential'
Watch Jane Goodall's University of Redlands commencement speechBy Megan Lasher April 26, 2016
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