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.
In 2011, CNN.com went on a never-before-seen journey through Alaska during the Iditarod. A rookie Iditarod racer, 36-year-old teacher Angie Taggart, agreed to strap Go-Pro cameras to her sled and forehead and record her two weeks on the trail.
After training herself and her dogs for years, Angie had a jittery start, filled with anxiety and tears for the 1,150 miles that lay ahead of her.
Angie had to quickly get get her bearings, because she soon faced the biggest challenge of the race, the infamous Dalzell Gorge, where the trail drops hundreds of feet in only two miles.
The weather was always a concern for Angie, so when she and her dogs faced thick sheets of ice from one side of the trail to the other, she was unsure if she could get them across.
Nearing the finish, Angie and her dogs got bad directions and ended up going the wrong way.
Taggart is not racing in this year’s Iditarod, but she’s spent the past year raising and training her dogs to race on Jan Steve’s team. Taggart will be helping out on the trail, at checkpoints Nikolai and Nome. She said that nine of her 12 dogs will be in the race this year. And next year? "Who knows," she told CNN. "Maybe next year I will mush under that arch once again." You can see more videos from the 2012 race on CNN.com/Video
There's nothing better than politicians who are secure enough to make fun of themselves, especially this winter when tensions are high among the Republican presidential candidates. "The Late Show with David Letterman" seems to be a popular place to let the rest of the country know that they don't take themselves too seriously.
'It's a hairpiece' – Monday night, Mitt Romney visited Letterman to share the top ten things "he'd like to say with the American people."
Brain freeze – In November, Rick Perry stopped by "The Late Show" to share his top ten excuses for his now-infamous brain freeze.
The 9-9-9 plan - Before Herman Cain suspended his presidential campaign, he took advice from Letterman on his 9-9-9 plan.
Casey Anthony walked out of jail with only $537.68 in her pocket…not a lot of money to restart her life, especially when her parents are reportedly refusing to take her in. But, she’s gotten plenty of high dollar offers from magazines and television producers to keep her afloat for a good long while. And it sounds like Casey and her attorney might be considering them…
Birthday suit – Larry Flynt of Hustler says he’s been in talks with Casey’s attorney regarding his offer of $500,000 for her to pose nude in his magazine. On top of the half million dollar check, Flynt also promises her 10% of the issue’s profits. “People have been coming to me in droves wanting this,” Flynt said, “There are men who wanna see her in her birthday suit”.
Let’s be honest, you don’t look at a beauty advertisement in a magazine and really believe that the perfectly creamy skin or those cellulite-free thighs on the model is natural, do you? We all know there is a level of retouching that’s going on there. But does the promise of a perfect complexion like that model in the ad make you want to buy that product anyway? Maybe. While it’s become understood that photos are retouched before they hit the inside of a magazine, newspaper or airwaves, the United Kingdom is saying no more! A U.K. politician challenged two L'Oreal ads featuring Julia Roberts for Lancôme and Christy Turlington for Maybelline because of the use of digital manipulation.