Filmmaker Ken Burns Urges Stanford Graduates to Defeat Trump & the Retrograde Forces Threatening the U.S.

≡ Category: Graduation Speech, History, Politics |8 Comments

This time of year, we see graduation speeches popping up all over the web. The commencement address as a genre focuses on the opportunities, challenges, and responsibilities graduates will face post-college, and often espouses timeless life lessons and philosophies.

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Harvard Dean Lists the 5 Essential Questions to Ask In Life … Which Will Bring You Happiness & Success

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And now for a different kind of graduation speech.
Most commencement speeches provide answers of sorts–pieces of wisdom you can carry with you, life strategies you can use down the road.

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How Leonard Cohen’s Stint As a Buddhist Monk Can Help You Live an Enlightened Life

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There is a certain kind of thinking that the Buddha called “monkey mind,” a state in which our nervous habits become compulsions, hauling us around this way and that, forcing us to jump and shriek at every sound. It was exactly this neurotic state of mind that Leonard Cohen sought to quell when in 1994 he joined Mt.

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Watch Lynda Barry’s Graduation Speech; Give a Shout Out to the Teachers Who Changed Your Life

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The University of the Arts’ most recent grads are lucky ducks to have had a speaker as engaging as cartoonist and educator Lynda Barry delivering their commencement’s keynote address.

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John Waters’ RISD Graduation Speech: Real Wealth is Never Having to Spend Time with A-Holes

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John Waters’ rollicking commencement speech at The Rhode Island School of Design offered up some good one-liners and a few pearls of wisdom, though phrased, quite naturally, in an irreverent way. Ready for some sage advice on what really counts as wealth? And what career choices will make you truly wealthy? Mr.

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Robert De Niro Tells Graduating NYU Arts Grads, “You Made It… And You’re F*cked”

≡ Category: Art, Creativity, Education, Graduation Speech, Life |1 Comment

I’ve attended my share of graduations and hence my share of graduation speeches—from politicians more interested in stumping than inspiring their audience; to local TV personalities assuring graduates they too could become local TV personalities; to the real Patch Adams, who wasn’t nearly as funny as Robin Williams in his less-tha

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David Carr Gives 10 Pieces of Work & Life Advice to UC Berkeley Graduates

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David Carr took seven years to get through college. He didn’t have a Master’s degree or a PhD. Before he made it big writing for The New York Times, he spent time in rehab and on welfare. David Carr didn’t fit the profile of your average commencement speaker.

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Jim Carrey Commencement Speech: It’s Better to Fail at What You Love Than Fail at What You Don’t

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The comedian Jim Carrey, who remains dedicated to the practice of Transcendental Meditation, gave a commencement speech at the Maharishi University of Management, which combines teaching traditional subjects (math, business administration, etc.) with less conventional topics like TM and “Sustainable Living.

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NPR Launches Database of Best Commencement Speeches Ever

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NPR has created a brand new commencement speech database, “an inspiration machine full of wise and funny words going back to 1774.” You can search the database by name, school, date or theme.

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Jimmy Page Gives Commencement Address at Berklee; Students Perform Led Zep Classics for Him

≡ Category: Graduation Speech, Music |1 Comment

Graduation season is upon us and, last weekend, the great Jimmy Page had a busy weekend at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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