The Commencement Project

The best commencement speeches from all across America.

Stephen Colbert at Wake Forest U - 2015

Stephen Colbert delivers a witty commencement address at Wake Forest University. CBSN's Elaine Quijano and Meg Oliver show us the full speech.

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Singing & Dancing with the Kahuku Class of 2015
06.03.15
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This is the senior class of 2015 at Kahuku High School located in Hawaii more...
John Waters at Rhode Island School of Design - 2015
06.01.15
John Waters at Rhode Island School of Design...
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Natalie Portman at Harvard - 2015
05.28.15
Natalie Portman at Harvard - 2015
Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman ’03 addresses graduating seniors...
Samantha Power at U Penn - 2015
05.19.15
Samantha Power at U Penn - 2015
Irish American academic, author and diplomat who currently serves as the United...
Maya Rudolph at Tulane U - 2015
05.18.15
Maya Rudolph at Tulane U - 2015
Highlights of Maya Rudolph at Tulane University's 2015 Unified Commencement...
Stephanie Courtney at Binghamton U. - 2015
05.17.15
Stephanie Courtney at Binghamton U. - 2015
Actress and alum Stephanie Courtney '92, also known as "Flo" from the Progressive...
Ryan Pitts at UNH - 2015
05.16.15
Ryan Pitts at UNH - 2015
Medal of Honor Recipient Ryan Pitts '13 Addresses the 2015 Commencement at The...
Neil deGrasse Tyson at UMass Amherst
05.11.15
Neil deGrasse Tyson at UMass Amherst
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gave the keynote address at the UMass Amherst...
Denzel Washington at Dillard University - 2015
05.10.15
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Denzel at Dillard.
Jeb Bush at Liberty University - 2015
05.09.15
Jeb Bush at Liberty University - 2015
Keynote speaker and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said. “If there is any...
Jimmy bugget at University of Miami - 2015
05.08.15
Jimmy bugget at University of Miami - 2015
Jimmy Buffett receiving a Doctorate of Music, Honoris Causa, from the University...
President Barack Obama at Lake Area Tech - 2015
05.08.15
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President Obama delivers the commencement address at Lake Area Technical Institute...
Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton at Thiel College - 2015
05.05.15
Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton at Thiel College -...
Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton, the first female presiding bishop of the Evangelical...
Sentator Gary Peters at Alma College - 2015
05.04.15
Sentator Gary Peters at Alma College - 2015
Senator Peters delivered the commencement address at Alma College, his alma...
Sec. Arne Duncan at Georgia Tech - 2015
05.04.15
Sec. Arne Duncan at Georgia Tech - 2015
Former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Arne Duncan addressed approximately...
05.04.15
"Papa John" Schnatter at Ball State - 2015
John Schnatter, Ball State ’83, delivered the 2105 commencement address on...
Naomi Judd at Berea College - 2015
05.03.15
Naomi Judd at Berea College - 2015
Kentucky-born, Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter, author, motivational...
Sally Young at Eastern Michigan - 2015
04.30.15
Sally Young at Eastern Michigan - 2015
Modern Family producer and Eastern Michigan alum Sally Young ('72) gives spring...
Sean Lane @ Rio Grande University Part I
07.09.12
Sean Lane @ Rio Grande University Part I
CEO of Battlefield Telecommunications Systems Sean Lane explains to the 2012...
Sean Lane @ Rio Grande University Part II
07.09.12
Sean Lane @ Rio Grande University Part II
CEO of Battlefield Telecommunications Systems Sean Lane explains to the 2012...
Ira Glass @ Goucher College - Part 1
07.02.12
Ira Glass @ Goucher College - Part 1
Ira Glass, host of NPR's "This American Life" speaks to the 2012 graduates of...
Ira Glass @ Goucher College - Part 2
07.02.12
Ira Glass @ Goucher College - Part 2
Ira Glass, host of NPR's "This American Life" speaks to the 2012 graduates of...
Jon Huntsman @ The University of Pennsylvania Part I
06.27.12
Jon Huntsman @ The University of Pennsylvania...
Ambassador Jon Huntsman discusses the various challenges facing the University...
Jon Huntsman @ The University of Pennsylvania Part II
06.27.12
Jon Huntsman @ The University of Pennsylvania...
Ambassador Jon Huntsman discusses the various challenges facing the University...
Katie Couric @ The University of Virginia Part I
06.20.12
Katie Couric @ The University of Virginia Part...
In this first part of her 2012 commencement address to the University of Virginia...
Katie Couric @ The University of Virginia Part II
06.20.12
Katie Couric @ The University of Virginia Part...
In this first part of her 2012 commencement address to the University of Virginia...
Katie Couric @ U Va Part III
06.20.12
Katie Couric @ U Va Part III
In this final installment of her 2012 commencement address to the graduates...
Ellen Degeneres @ Tulane
06.14.12
Ellen Degeneres @ Tulane
Ellen DeGeneres retraces her steps to success for the Tulane University Class...
President Barack Obama @ ASU Part III
06.09.12
President Barack Obama @ ASU Part III
President Obama concludes his 2009 commencement address to the graduates of...
President Barack Obama @ ASU Part II
06.08.12
President Barack Obama @ ASU Part II
President Barack Obama addresses the Arizona State University graduating class...
President Barack Obama @ ASU Part I
06.07.12
President Barack Obama @ ASU Part I
President Barack Obama addresses the Arizona State University graduating class...
Conan O'Brien @ Dartmouth Part I
04.18.12
Conan O'Brien @ Dartmouth Part I
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Conan O'Brien @ Dartmouth Part 2
04.18.12
Conan O'Brien @ Dartmouth Part 2
Conan O'Brien speaks frankly to the 2011 graduating class of Dartmouth University....