5 Commencement Speeches With Advice For Everyone, Not Just Grads

June 3, 2015 by Rachel Gulmi
shefinds | Celebrity

Graduating college is a huge deal. It’s a time to celebrate your hard work and success, and proudly walk to get your well-deserved diploma. Another great thing that comes with graduating are awesome commencement speeches, often times made by celebrities. Believe it or not, a lot of famous people went to Ivy League schools and given their lifestyle, they know a thing or two about failing, working hard and being rewarded for it. What’s better than walking at graduation? Hearing a celebrity give an inspiring commencement speech to start your journey in the real world. Below are five commencement speeches that have enough encouraging advice for everyone, not just grads.

Robert De Niro spoke at New York University’s Tisch School of Arts 2015 ceremony. He told graduates, “Tisch graduates, you made it. And you’re f–ked. Yeah, you’re f–ked. The good news is, that’s not a bad place to start.”

Natalie Portman delivered a great speech to Harvard University, a graduate herself from the class of 2003. Her speech documented her own insecurities, as she opened the speech with, “I have to admit that today, even 12 years after graduation, I’m still insecure about my own worthiness.”


Supermodel, author and entrepreneur Brooke Shields spoke at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s School of Art and Design commencement ceremony. She gave students a lesson in facing your fears. “And perpetually embrace what I call Four to Score. Four major concepts that I apply to my life. Fear — the first one — lineage, expectations, work ethic. Now, if you can’t remember those, just remember the acronym FLEW,” she said. You can read her entire speech here.

Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph talked to graduates at Tulane University. Her advice to students was simple: “Say Yes. Say Yes, And… and create your own destiny.”

Co-founder and EIC of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, spoke to graduates at Vassar College about experiencing life around them and not getting wrapped up in technology. She urged students to “pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.” Watch her entire speech here.

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