Meryl Streep Gives Graduation Speech at Barnard

Meryl Streep has been nominated for 16 Academy Awards, and won two, over her brilliant acting career. She’s one of America’s greats. But it hasn’t gone to her head. Above, we have Streep giving the graduation speech last month at Barnard (the women’s liberal arts college affiliated with Columbia University). And what comes across is someone who doesn’t take herself or acting too seriously. Someone who still gets a little charmingly nervous speaking in front of crowds. And someone who recognizes that we globally – and women particularly – have major challenges to contend with. It’s worth a watch, along with one of my favorite commencement speeches: Steve Jobs at Stanford, 2005.



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  • Sergio Bacelar

    Very interesting speech that may touch deeply the soul of everyone. What is really acting or being? This can make you think. Bravo!

  • Sara

    Almost the exact same speech she gave at my college graduation, from the University of New Hampshire, in 2003.

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