Check out the list of some of the best speeches about education that are everything from funny, to greeting card moving, from a plain slap in the face reality checks to the most successful people you know and watch on T.V. Who knows; you might even meet your hero during your own graduation day!
Some of the people here will talk about showing the world your brains and this is coming from those who have seen the world and tried everything else. Like Ellen DeGeneres aptly puts it, “you are going to be okay!” and now that you know that, you can go on and work on your degree, use your time on campus to learn things you never knew and things that you know you are going to need in the future. But before that, check out the speeches below on how education is a head start to being successful.
1. J.K. Rowling’s Speech at Harvard Commencement in 2008
This address actually went on to inspire a book she wrote titled Very Good Lives. If you did not watch this video while indulging in your fandom, you must have come across it when looking up colleges you were going to apply to. The author addressed a hall of all Ivy League students in a humble and extremely moving speech. If you are tired of people quoting bland greeting cards, this is the moving speech you need to look up.
2. Jim Carrey’s Speech at Maharashi University in 2014
The man behind half of the laughs we cracked during our lives, Jim Carrey’s speech was no boring banter. He used the phrase ‘plant a seed’ for moving forward enthusiastically in life. Clearly, he knows that education is only the beginning; a headstart for something really incredible ahead and it’s hard to not quote the man again and again. His speech reads like a book you pick up for motivation in words such as, “Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you.”
3. Michelle Obama’s 2013 Address at Eastern Kentucky University
You will imagine the American Flag being pulled up with the national anthem playing out in the back for this one. The ceremony was held a day before Mother’s Day and it served as a great way for the First Lady to talk about values that you take forward, combine with your education and present to the world an amazing person that is you.
4. 2007 USC Law School Commencement Speech by Charlie Munger
If you are well versed in motivating phrases, moving words and even anecdotes that will make you shed a tear, Charlie Munger sets a whole new bar for speeches. His speech was from the heart and the dream of every college student … it was useful. If you haven’t seen it yet, look up the video and watch the man spew words of wisdom.
5. Ellen Degeneres’ University Commencement of 2009
We saved the best for last. If you have not been slapped by the dark humor of reality or humor at all, watch Ellen Degeneres rub her degree in your face and announcing that she never really bothered with college.
These speeches should motivate you have a real purpose – not just to study because you have to, but to purposefully gain knowledge that will be useful for your future. Remember that.
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