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5 graduation speeches that will inspire you

by Amanda Collins
Posted: January 17th, 2016

There’s nothing quite like a well-crafted speech, delivered by someone that has ridden the waves of both success and failure, to motivate and inspire.

We’ve compiled a list of the most inspirational speeches given at college graduations. When you watch them, keep in mind, these are people who have been there and done that, who have failed more times than people have tried, and have come out successful. In these speeches they share the wisdom they gained as a result of their experiences.

So whether you need a pearl of wisdom, a bit inspiration or a push to keep you treading your path, these speakers are guaranteed to deliver.

Steve Jobs Stanford University

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

J.K. Rowling Harvard University

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”

Nora Ephron Wellesley College

“Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.”

Ellen DeGeneres Tulane University

“Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.”

Denzel Washington University of Pennsylvania

“I found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks.”

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