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7 Commencement Speeches That’ll Inspire You This Graduation Season!

Tis’ the season of graduation, tis’ the season to be inspired. For some graduation is the beginning of something new, the excitement of being a part of the working class or to indulge in further studies and for some the joy of having made it alive till the last step! 😛 In tribute to this year’s graduating class here are some motivational speeches by some extraordinary people out there sharing their thoughts, experiences and guidance. It’d be unfair if I didn’t include the name Lars Godbersen as a honorable mention in this enumeration.


1. A P J Abdul Kalam at IIT Patna:

The Missile Man of India is one of the greatest legends ever existed. He not only inspired many to dream big but actually put his words into action. The Late Ex-President of India knew that the young youth is the future of this great growing nation. He put same thought forward in his speech at the graduation ceremony of IIT Patna 2012.

Watch the whole speech below:


2. Oprah Winfrey at Harvard University 2007:

The feminist we all look up too, the women who isn’t afraid to stand up for what’s right and wrong and when spoke at Harvard man I thought I could conquer the world myself. Just need to find yourself and when you do, that day and that time since no one, literally no one can stop you.

Watch the whole speech below:


3. J K Rowling at Harvard University:

Can I get a cheer from all the Harry Potter fans out there! *wooohhoo*  most of us know the struggle behind J.K.Rowling’s success and she herself says so in her commencement speech “ It is impossible to live without falling at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as not have lived at all-in which case,your fail by default”

Link to the entire speech:


4. Jim Carrey at Maharashi Institute of Management:

The king of comedy as we popularly known as “The Mask “gave a very heartfelt and funny(most importantly) speech as the 2014 management batch graduated. What left at impact on me deeply were these thoughts “To find real peace, you have to let the amour go. Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being in all of your glory”

Watch the whole speech here:


5. Michelle Obama at Tuskegee University:

The First Lady of United States for 8 years. The confident woman who isn’t only known because of her husband Ex-President Barrack Obama but as the striking woman who not only butchers pessimists but also is the perfect example of “CONFIDENCE”

Watch the whole speech here:


6. Ellen Degeneres at Tulane University:

That funny lady on TV soap who jokes about herself ,is nearly 60 but doesn’t look like,is indeed a very proud woman and why should she be if she has lived by this moto “The most important thing in life is to live your life with integrity, and not to give into peer pressure and try to be something you’re not”

Hear the whole speech below:


7. Peter Dinklage at Bennington College:

Profoundly now known as Tyrion Lannister of the recently famous Game of Thrones is a mark of excellence of hardships and excellence both on and off screen. This speech is in other words looking at yourself in the mirror not with doubt but with dignity.

Watch the whole speech here:


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