It’s graduation time, which means high-profile celebrities and politicians are delivering commencement speeches at some of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities. First lady Michelle Obama cheered the Hokies at Virginia Tech’s 2012 graduation, while President Obama encouraged the 2012 graduating class of all-female Barnard College in New York to shape their destiny.
Graduation time reminds us at CNN.com of some of the funnier commencement speeches that we’ve seen over the years. Here are some of our favorites.
TBS late-night host Conan O’Brien’s Dartmouth speech from last year has been called “The Greatest Commencement Speech Ever”. Watch and see if you agree.
Listen for Anderson Cooper’s rare risqué advice to Tulane graduates back in 2010.
Watch ‘SNL’ alum Will Ferrell get emotional at 1:00 in his commencement address to Harvard graduates in 2003.
Yes Triumph... You are in fact a hose-head. Now run along. Someone is waiting for you in a bathroom stall.
The best commencement speech ever made is the one never heard.
Looks like middle school let the kids out early again today.
where the heck is steve job's speech on this list.
Where did Steve Jobs speak this year? Did he come back as a zombie, or was it a hologram like Tupac?
Stuck in the pile of unfunny commencement speeches.
The most famous Commencement Speech that Winston Churchill delivered at, Cambridge University. It consisted of only 9 words: “Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.”
Words of Wisdom:
"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense."
No leader in history, perhaps, matched Churchill's capacity for blurring the lines between speech and battle cry. This is one of his best. It's an urban legend that the "Never give in" exhortation comprised the totality of his address; Churchill went on for several more paragraphs. But there's no question that this, far and away, was what Harrow's students remembered.
That is 3 words times 3. Very Masonic. :)
I can do it in 2: Serenity Now
A buncha people standing around in the same robes, getting similiar degrees, from the same professors/teachers, in the same auditorium, all marching in single file, all while a person stands at a podium and tells them individuality is the key to success
Never pursue any investment that will not give equal or greater return....oops should have told you that before paying 4 years of tuition.
In the immortal words of a Monty Python film......."Try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations."
I watched Conan's Dartmouth speech last year. It really is hysterical all the way through. The reactions of the school prez are fantastic by themselves.
I'm not a celebrity or high profile person, but I think I had a good commencement speech: bit.ly/classorator. Would love to hear your thoughts!
This years New Mexico Tech commencement started with a poem written and read by one of the Professors-in Klingon! Truly one of the great Nerd/Geek schools in America!
Didja all miss that Triumph was on Conan's show? Pedo bear, you're one to talk!
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