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Most Memorable Commencement Speeches of the 21st Century

Published: January 16, 2017

Graduation day happens much sooner than most expect, and it is met with both excitement, hope and fear. It is a turning point in life, one that has very few guarantees waiting on the other side. The unknown is always intimidating, but luckily many universities have found a way of easing the transition between college studies and (un)employment. Each year, universities invite A-list celebrities to deliver inspiring, entertaining and hope-infusing speeches in front of the graduating class. While these speeches may not help graduates land their dream jobs, they sure do bring smiles to their faces and a great deal of inspiration. StudyAdvantage has taken a closer look at the most memorable commencement speeches in recent years to deliver a super list. We give you the best commencement speeches of the 21st century.


Ali G, Harvard (Sasha Baron Cohen), 2004, Harvard University


Steve Jobs, 2005, Stanford University

Want to learn more about Stanford? Check out Hikaru’s blog from the renowned Silicon Valley recruitment haven.


J.K. Rowling, 2008, Harvard University


Bill Murray, 2011, Yale University

Want to know what it’s like to study at one of the top Ivy Leagues? Read Faith’s and Nana’s blogs from Yale University.


Elon Musk, 2012, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)


Sheryl Sandberg, 2016, University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley)




And, our favourite commencement speech…


Robert De Niro, 2015, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Check out Malin’s blog from NYU Tisch here.



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