5 Super Inspiring Commencement Speeches for 2016 Grads (and You)

Graduation season is upon us, and as a person who has sat through her fair share of commencement speeches, I can honestly say that if I had the opportunity to hear one of these 5 rhetoricians*, I might have accepted that last graduation invitation and shown up to fight for a seat in the auditorium. As it is, I can still find inspiration in the words of some of 2016s most important figures, and I hope you can, too.


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Lin-Manuel Miranda, University of Pennsylvania

The creator and star of ‘Hamilton’ spoke to the University of Penn’s graduating class about keeping to creative vision and overcoming obstacles in order to stay on the path of one’s passion.

President Barack Obama, Rutgers University

President Obama is a peach of a speaker and has always got joke. During his speech at Rutgers University, he also shared some serious advice.

Paul Feig, USC’s School of Cinema Arts

Feig, director of the 2016 Ghostbusters (amongst other films) gave students at USC practical advice on how to get along in Hollywood.

Spike Lee at Johns Hopkins University

In his speech, Lee, American film director, writer, producer and actor, asked students at John Hopkins University to wake up and to tell the story of justice during this unique moment in American history.

Tyler Perry at Tuskegee University

Perry told students at Tuskegee University the value of hard work, perseverance and following one’s dream.

*I realized that each of these speakers are male, which isn’t usually how I roll, but…eh. I like their messages, so enjoy and maybe I’ll do one of all women next time.

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