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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg speaks at Harvard's 2012 Class Day.

From John F. Kennedy to Oprah and Steve Jobs, here are 20 of the best commencement speeches of all time

Many commencement speeches are filled with clichéd advice. But some are so inspiring and poignant that they stick with us forever.
Tim Cook at Stanford's 2019 Commencement

Tim Cook learned the ‘visceral difference between preparation and readiness’ after taking over Apple for Steve Jobs, and it’s life a...

Apple's CEO stressed the "visceral difference between preparation and readiness," saying that "you'll never be ready. But you're not supposed to be."
Apple CEO Tim Cook shared advice with graduates from Tulane University.

The best advice CEOs gave the class of 2019 at college graduations

CEOs from Apple's Tim Cook to FUBU's Daymond John shared stories and advice on leadership, adversity, and success.
Portrait of billionaire philanthropist Robert Smith, after an interview by Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, on August 23, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Meet Robert F. Smith, the billionaire tech investor who surprised Morehouse College’s graduating class by announcing he’d pay off all thei...

Billionaire Robert F. Smith announced during a commencement speech that he would be paying off student loans for Morehouse College's graduating class.

A billionaire commencement speaker at a Georgia college announced that he will pay off the Class of 2019’s student loans

Robert F. Smith announced in his commencement speech at a Georgia men's college that he would wipe the graduating class' student debt.

Alumni from a Christian college want the school to disinvite Mike Pence from delivering a commencement speech because they feel ‘personally inju...

More than 4,300 people have signed a Change.org petition asking Taylor University to cancel Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement speech.
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner says young people today must navigate two societal problems.

The CEO of LinkedIn warned that 20-somethings will face 2 defining issues, and it’s up to them to reverse the tide

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, gave the commencement address at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania on May 13. Here's what he had to say to the Class of 2018.

The Dalai Lama says we can use the same formula for inner peace and world peace

In his UCSD commencement speech, the 14th Dalai Lama proposed that both inner peace and world peace depend on a combination of education and warmheartedness.

A poetic prank: Harvard’s student newspaper was hacked to make fun of commencement speaker Mark Zuckerberg

The Harvard Crimson was hacked to show fake stories trolling Mark Zuckerberg ahead of the Facebook CEO's commencement address.

‘Can you please look away while I deliver the rest of the speech?’: Will Ferrell tells new grads how to get past their fear of failure

Actor and comedian Will Ferrell gave the commencement address at his alma mater University of Southern California.