Posts Tagged ‘commencement speech’

Steve Jobs’ Commencement Speech to Stanford Graduates

December 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Many of us know Steve Jobs as the co-founder of Apple and Pixar, but did you know Jobs encountered many hardships, failures, and unexpected turns throughout his life, including dropping out of college?

In his commencement address to Stanford’s graduating class of 2005, Jobs is very generous, personal, and honest. Unlike many speakers who focus on their successes and impart advice to students to emulate that kind of success, Jobs’ speech is composed of three surprising stories from his life that have made him the person he is today. Jobs offers no easy answers, but delivers an incredibly inspirational speech that may feature some of the most valuable words of wisdom for any graduate.


In Sanhedrin High’s Commencement, Every Graduate Gets a Valedictory Speech

October 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Sanhedrin High School, an alternative school in rural town called Willits in Northern California, was established in 1989 for students seeking alternatives to Willits High School’s curricula. With a 1:12 teacher to student ratio (about half the national average), Sanhedrin can give students (especially those with learning disabilities), the specialized attention they need. The word “Sanhedrin” is rooted in the Greek synedrion, meaning “sitting together,” and was used to describe the assembly of twenty-three judges appointed in the Biblical Land of Israel. A fitting name for a school with a graduating class of twenty students, that, due to its size and unique community, has tackled challenges and developed traditions associated with commencement in its own idiosyncratic way. Read more…

A Resource for Writing Your Commencement Speech

August 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Have you been asked to give a commencement speech? With Fall commencement coming up, you may have been asked as an expert in a given field to offer words of guidance and encouragement to a new graduating class or as valedictorian it might be your duty to give a farewell address. Either way, public speaking is always a somewhat frightening prospect. Graduation Wisdom offers a vast collection of famous inspirational quotes and of commencement speeches by famous figures such as Meryl Streep and Steve Jobs. These speeches are an excellent resource, but remember to attribute quotes and ideas to those who came up with them!