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Top 10+ Inspiring Graduation Speeches

A Graduation Ceremony marks the end of a journey that was both long and hard, and also equally fruitful, joyous and very rewarding. It is only befitting that a remarkable speech be made on this wonderful day. Here are a list of the very inspiring top graduation speeches!

Sheryl Sandberg

UC Berkeley Commencement talking about resilience. Join me in congratulating the class of 2016 - and Go Bears! #CalGrad

#Inspiring

Mark Zuckerberg

In 2008, Belle Haven's 8th Grade students had THE Mark Zuckerburg talk during their graduation!!

No further description needed, for you only need to watch this!!

Chetan Bhagat

Chetan Bhagat is nearly a household name in India for his writing has truly connected with the Indians at large.
Although there seems to be no video for his 2008 year speech at Symbiosis, Pune, here is an attached link for his speech that must not be missed!

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Perhaps the world might now not recall that Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India delivered a speech at the Convocation Ceremony in 2012 at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.

That's okay, for here is chance to watch this truly great man talk about the things we really need to hear about!
Here is a write-up of his speech: http://www.iitg.ac.in/pro/sites/default/files/14thConvo_ChiefGuest.pdf

Bill Gates

Two words: Bill Gates and Harvard University. What a brilliant mix, yes!? Yes, indeed! And the class of 2007 of Harvard were rewarded with this most wonderful mix!

In his speech, he said, "You can’t get people excited unless you can help them see and feel the impact. And how you do that – is a complex question."
This is only one sentence of his from-the-heart speech and yet it is already inspiring with just these few words.

J.K. Rowling

Are not the Harvard University's Class of 2008 such a lucky batch for having had JKR deliver a speech?!

One would expect her to talk big considered her giant role in the world today. But would we have thought that she would say something like this?: "I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea."

Jim Carrey

The Maharishi University of Management had Jim Carrey talk for the Graduation Batch of 2014.

Sure we have all been awed by him on-screen. And here he is to prove the same off-screen while giving an incredibly inspirational talk!

Oprah Winfrey

The class of 2012 of Spelman College saw Oprah deliver a powerful speech.

Doesn't it seem like the very thing that college graduates need when she said "You must have some vision for your life. Even if you don’t know the plan, you have to have a direction in which you choose to go"?

First Lady, Michelle Obama

The current First Lady delivered a speech in 2013 at the Eastern Kentucky University.

"If you’re a Democrat, spend some time talking to a Republican. And if you’re a Republican, have a chat with a Democrat. Maybe you’ll find some common ground, maybe you won’t."--> Spoken truly like the wife of the President of the United States of America indeed!

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres spoke at Tulane University in 2009.

We all know what spunk Ellen is capable of, through her reality show. How spunkier and awesome would she be in delivering a graduation speech?! Yikes, just the very thought is exciting!

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs delivered a speech at Stanford University in 2005.

This is the famous "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish" speech of his that has inspired the millions who have watched it!