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Best Commencement Speeches for the Class of 2012 (Slideshow)

Best Commencement Speeches for the Class of 2012 (Slideshow)
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Graduation is upon us, which means that, not only is an entirely new generation entering the work force, but the generations before them have all sorts of last-minute advice to give them as they start this new chapter of their lives. Commencement speeches have long been the best way for successful people to disseminate advice, and the class of 2012 is fortunate to have had so many inspiring, heartfelt and humorous ones to help send them on their way.

While some believe that good advice is wasted on the young, I believe that sharing words of wisdom is a great way to calm some of the fears young people inevitably have as they graduate, and it’s a nice way to acknowledge the hard work that got them here, while advising them of the long road ahead. Here’s what the best of the best had to offer the class of 2012.

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12:55PM PDT on May 28, 2012


8:06AM PDT on May 28, 2012

my son was valedictorian of his class and he gave a short but sweet speech, just wanted to say how proud of ALL the classes of 2012 I am, I hope and pray they will be filled with passion for saving our Earth and taking care of all God's animals, they are our hope for the future!

6:54AM PDT on May 28, 2012

Interesting selection. Thank you!

6:27AM PDT on May 28, 2012

Full of hope and promise,
Reverend A. J. Lippincott proclaimed at one Carlisle Indian School commencement.
"The Indian is DEAD in you,"
"Let all that is Indian within you die!...You cannot become truly American citizens, industrious, intelligent, cultured, civilized until the INDIAN within you is DEAD."

see: David Wallace Adams, Education for Extinction - American Indians and the Boarding School Experience 1875-1928, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1995.

12:57PM PDT on May 27, 2012

it's notable that all speakers chose to inspire hope for their futures, albeit with different twists

12:45PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Another great commencement speaker: Melissa Harris-Perry addressed Wellesley College on May 25th.

11:22AM PDT on May 27, 2012

thanks :)

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