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Best Graduation Speeches 2015

The Best Graduation Speeches

Graduation speeches are a tradition amongst schools, signifying the epitome of the graduation ceremony in which we celebrate the students for completing their courses and moving forward successfully. Are you graduating soon? Have you been asked to make a speech at your college’s department ceremony, or at your high school? I’m sure you want your speech to be great– but what makes up some of the best graduation speeches?

What the Best Graduation Speeches Have In Common


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1. Many of the greatest graduation speeches focus on a positive independent thinking, such as:

  • Being true to yourself
  • Encouraging self discovery


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2. Graduation speeches offer advice on life too:

  • Never give up
  • Establish goals that you can work towards, some attainable and some impossible in order to push yourself forward.


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3. Of course, the best speeches out there cover these basics:

  • Entertain the audience with humor
  • Connect to the students and family with personal anecdotes
  • Above all else, motivate and inspire the students with advice and thought provoking insight
  • Be honest, people respond to honesty. Speak honestly without being afraid to cover the sadder truths in one’s life such as loss or failure, as our rebounds can be the means to reach our highest point


Best Lines from Graduation Speeches


These quotes are so good, they’re worthy of being framed or wrapped in a presentation folder. The quotes listed below, are from celebrities and successful people, who have made a name for themselves by excelling in their passions.


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
– Steve Jobs, 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford University


“Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path, then by all means you should follow that.”
– Ellen DeGeneres, 2009 Commencement Address at Tulane University


“You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life.”
– Bradley Withford, 2004 Commencement Address at University of Wisconsin


“Do one thing at a time. Give each experience all your attention.”
– John Walsh, 2000 Commencement Address at Wheaton College


“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an account.”
– Jim Carrey, 2014 Commencement Address at Maharashi University of Management


“I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea.”
– J.K. Rowling, 2008 Commencement Address at Harvard University