Seven Great High School & College Graduation & Commencement Speeches.
A new version of a longer classic:
“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” ~ Malcolm Forbes
1. You are not special.
“Before you run off and get your YOLO tattoo, let me point out the illogic of that expression.
You can and should live not merely once, but every day of your life.
Rather than you only live once, it should be you live only once.”
“You see, if everyone is special, then no one is…if everyone gets a trophy, trophies become meaningless. We have of late, we Americans, to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement…Before you scatter to the winds, I urge you to do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance…The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you’re not special.”
3. Stephen Colbert’s inspiring Commencement Speech: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/06/the-best-commencement-speech-you-havent-yet-seen-stephen-colbert-northwestern/
4. Conan O’Brien’s classic Commencement Speech: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/01/conan-obriens-commencement-speech-to-his-harvard-video/
5. J.K. Rowling’s Commencement Speech: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/12/jk-rowlings-harvard-commencement-speech/
6. Steve Jobs’ Classic Commencement Speech: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/02/steve-jobs-the-buddhist-four-reminders/
Bonus, via the Washington Post: “The 10 things they really don’t tell you at graduation.”