With graduation around the corner, you may find yourself getting prepared to speak in front of your class. Even if this isn’t you, you may be interested in some of the best graduation speeches of all time. Not only can it give you motivation, it can give you a lot of ideas. Also, before I begin, I know these videos may not help you, so I highly recommend reading some, “graduation books“, as well!
- 1. Steve Jobs at Stanford University
text of his speech
- 2. John F. Kennedy at American University
commencement address text
- 3. Oprah Winfrey at Howard University
text of her speech
- 4. Bono at University of Pennsylvania
text of speech in 2004
- 5. Jon Stewart at William and Mary
text of speech in 1984
- 6. Winston Churchill at Harrow
“never give in” full text
- 7. George C. Marshall at Harvard
The Marshall Plan in 1947 text
- 8. Stephen Colbert at Knox College
commencement address at Knox college
These are great speeches to look into, if you’re looking for inspiration, or a speech that’s good.
Creating a graduation speech is pretty hard, but you just want to be yourself, and not rip someone else out. The ones that create something original are those that are going to create something special for their school.