Posts Tagged ‘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.


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!

Business Gurus Offer Advice to College Graduates

August 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Due the current economic climate, college graduates being able to get good jobs when they enter the work force isn’t guaranteed like it used to be. Suzy Welch, editor of the Harvard Business Review and John Welch former CEO of GE offer a bit of advice to recent grads looking for jobs during this economic down-turn. Further, Carl Ichan, one of the world’s richest people and our nation’s most successful investors, offers graduates some words of wisdom at his commencement address for Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business.

Jack and Suzy Welch Video

Carl Ichan Video

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Lance Armstrong to Give Graduation Speech for HPU

August 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Recent news has come out indicating Lance Armstrong, famous cyclist, will be giving the commencement speech for High Point University for their 2011 spring graduation. According to the Huffington Post blog article on the subject, High Point is renowned for their famous commencement speakers.  So I thought I’d include a video of Bill Cosby’s commencement speech at the university. The video quality isn’t fantastic, but Cosby, as always, is charming and hilarious.

Bill Cosby’s Commencement Speech Part 1

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A Valedictorian and Her Shocking Proposal

August 15, 2010 Leave a comment

When you sit at graduation, anticipating the valedictory speech, you ordinarily expect to hear words of encouragement to the graduating class and expressions of gratitude to the school and community.  Centenary College’s valedictorian, Emily Hawley, very well may have lived up to this tradition, but she shocked her school and her boyfriend when she concluded her speech by asking him to marry her! The Vice President of the school, the only faculty member who knew the speech would conclude with a marriage proposal, gave Hawley permission to pop the question in front of her entire graduating class feeling that it would be a “special memory” the school and community would all cherish. Click here for the CNN article and video!

The End of the Valedictorian Tradition?

August 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Many schools designate the student who graduates with the highest GPA in his or her class  “valedictorian,” an anglicized latin term meaning “one who says farewell.” Obviously, the meaning of the term refers to the time-honored tradition of the farewell speech the valedictorian delivers at graduation. But earning the title valedictorian means a lot more to a student than giving a speech—it’s a recognition of academic excellence.

However, some high schools are phasing out the honorary designation all together. Instead of recognizing one student, these schools are dubbing multiple over-achievers cum laude, which means “graduating with praise;” magna cum laude “high praise;” and summa cum laude “highest praise.” Traditionally, colleges have honored students with these titles, but some school administrators argue that these ranks inspire students to excel rather than compete. According to a recent New York Times article, some school administrations have decided to recognize multiple valedictorians, to ensure that students, who are often only a “fraction of grade” below the top student, are also honored for their achievements

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