Amy Poehler, Michelle Obama, Stephen Colbert & More Commencement Speeches

As graduates prepare for the real world, famous speakers offer their advice


It’s that time of year again – graduation!

As college graduates move on the next stage of their lives, they’re sent into the real world with an overabundance of advice.

But luckily, some of it comes from some very famous faces in the shape of commencement speeches.

Before applying to jobs or landing your dream apartment, listen to what Amy Poehler, Melinda Gates, Stephen Colbert, First Lady Michelle Obama and more have to say:

Amy Poehler spoke to students and their families at Harvard College Class Day in 2011

Kerry Washington spoke at George Washington University for 2013 grads (her speech begins at 12:21

Stephen Colbert addressed the class of 2013 at University of Virginia

Melinda Gates spoke at Duke University in 2013

Michelle Obama received an ovation from receives Bowie State University graduates

David Foster Wallace delivered a moving speech in 2005 at Kenyon College that made a resurgence in popularity this year

In an editorial on LinkedIn, founder of the Virgin Group Richard Branson advised students that “education doesn’t take place in stuffy classrooms and university buildings, it can happen everywhere, every day to every person.”

Related Articles