Let it commence: My favorite commencement speeches featuring an honorable mention

 

2. I am not a Harry Potter fan. No, I have not read one book. I am however a J.K. Rowling fan. Her autobiography is on my book list for the year. She is the epitome of “The Comeback”. A favorite quote from the speech is “It is rock bottom where you begin to build a solid foundation. *Drops mic* Click Here to Watch

3.I believe you give respeck where it’s due. Sean Combs literally worked his way up. I don’t have to go through his name changes, controversies, and business platforms for you to understand his climb to being a mogul. He got a lot of slack for delivering Howard’s Commencement speech in 2014. I thought it was a boss move. Return to the school where you dropped out years later to deliver the commencement address because you made it.  Click Here to Watch

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4.Steve Jobs really got this thing called life nailed. “Make something that will live longer than you”. This will probably always be on the list of best commencement speeches, simply because the proof is in the pudding. It is hard to talk about 21st century innovation without mentioning Steve Jobs or Apple. Regardless if you are pro or anti Apple, you still talk about it. Click Here to Watch

5. Uncle Denzel, yes Uncle Denzel Washington laid the law. In 2015, he gave a passionate address at Dillard University in New Orleans. He starts how every good speech starts, with God.  His powerful speech expresses passion, goals, discipline, hard work and consistency. This is definitely a speech from your cool ass uncle at cookout while he’s grillin’. It’s only 11 minutes. Click Here to Watch

 

*Honorable Mention*

Needless to say the 44th President of The United States of America is going out with a bang. You can definitely tell he is more lax these days…as he should be. Over the past 8 years he has delivered several commencement speeches. However, the tone he carries during a speech at HBCUs is a little different. Today, I was inspired to add him to the list after watching his  commencement address at Howard. I then smirked, realizing he delivered Hampton’s commencement address in 2010. Hampton’s commencement address in 2010. It took him 8 years to go down the street to Howard bwahahahahah! None the less, it is ALL BLACK EXCELLENCE! Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

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