Gotta Watch: Commencement superstars
Comedian Will Ferrell speaks at the 2003 Harvard commencement ceremony.
May 16th, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Commencement superstars

It's that time of year. Recent grads are pouring into the world bright-eyed and full of commencement wisdom. These are a few of our favorite commencement speeches that may or may not contain worthy wisdom but will surely keep your attention.

School of hard knocks – You can bet these Harvard graduates in 2003 remember their graduation day regardless of how hung-over they might have been. When comedian Will Ferrell shows up wearing a boating outfit, it would be hard to forget.

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Serious advice – Our very own Anderson Cooper gives some slightly raunchy advice to Tulane's class of 2010.

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Dr. Oprah – You'd be hard-pressed to find a bigger star than Oprah Winfrey to speak at commencement. We're guessing these 2009 graduates would have gone nuts even if she stood up and read the dictionary. Here's the full speech.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. tcp

    The ENTIRE Oprah speech? REALLY?...

    May 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Malkntnt

      AGREED! 26 min of Oprah. I watched a few min and fast-forwarded... just like her show LOL

      May 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Linari

    Hello, Andre. Long time, no rant.

    May 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sum of Squares

    If for some reason the graduation speaker doesn't show up, just use this:

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtG2Q_plDA8&w=640&h=360]

    May 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. herpderples

    Im not going to listen to Oprah talk for that long.

    May 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Emily

    Ellen Degenerous did one too

    May 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. matt

    Seth Macfarlane did the best one, he's the creator of family guy for those who don't know who I'm talking about. I thought his was hilarious because even did the voices.

    May 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. matt

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc-yl_8ywiU&w=640&h=360]

    May 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brian

    I was thinking the same Matt. I can't believe they left that one out!

    May 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mango

    we had Berry Gordy speak at our ceremony...pretty good.

    May 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lee58

    Yawn! Just a bunch of boring liberal know-it-alls!

    May 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankbink

      Better than an ignorant So-called conservative gasbag!

      May 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      Lee: "Yawn". Oh, how incredibly fresh and witty you are. Did you just spontaneously come up with that? What a funny, funny person you are!

      May 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. D

    Sacha Cohen at Harvard in 04 was the best

    May 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff

    Too bad I'm poor and not deserving of celebrity wisdom.

    May 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Barriett

    Anderson Cooper is not a "Superstar"

    May 16, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankbink

      Oh he is indeed! His mommy was Gloria Vanderbilt and everything in life has been handed to him on a solid gold platter!

      May 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jimmyjames2

    "You'd be hard-pressed to find a bigger star than Oprah Winfrey"

    Even as her show comes to a close, the weight jokes continue.

    May 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brian

    sacha baron cohen (Borat) Did one too and it was hilarious

    May 16, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
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