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Maria Ressa Harvard Commencement Speech 2024

We are standing on the rubble of the world that was, and we must have the foresight and courage to imagine – and create the world as it should be: more compassionate, more equal, more sustainable – a world safe from fascists and tyrants.

Will Ferrell’s 2003 Harvard Commencement Speech

I graduated from the University of Life. All right? I received a degree from the School of Hard Knocks. And our colors were black and blue, baby. I had office hours with the Dean of Bloody Noses. All right? I borrowed my class notes from Professor Knuckle Sandwich and his Teaching Assistant, Ms. Fat Lip Thon Nyun. That’s the kind of school I went to for real, okay?

Natalie Portman Harvard Commencement Speech 2015

But as I get farther away from my years here, I know that the power of this school is much deeper than weather control. It changed the very questions I was asking. To quote one of my favorite thinkers Abraham Joshua Heschel: “To be or not to be is not the question; the vital question is how to be and how not to be.”

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard Commencement Speech 2017

I’m here to tell you finding your purpose isn’t enough. The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose. Today I want to talk about three ways to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose: by taking on big meaningful projects together, by redefining equality so everyone has the freedom to pursue purpose, and by building community across the world.

Congressman John Lewis’ Harvard Commencement Speech 2018

Here at Harvard you’ve been well trained. You must lead. You must get out there and as Dr. King would say, be a headlight, not a taillight! It’s your time, it’s your calling. My philosophy is very simple, when you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, stand up! Say something! Speak up and speak out!

Oprah Winfrey’s Harvard Commencement Speech 2013

When you tap into what it’s trying to tell you, when you can get yourself quiet enough to listen, I mean, really listen, you can begin to distill the still, small voice, which is always representing the truth of you from the noise of the world. And you can start to recognize when it comes your way. You can learn to make distinctions, to connect, to dig a little deeper. You’ll be able to find your own voice within the still, small voice.

Michelle Yeoh’s Speech to the Harvard Law School Class of 2023

‘Stay loose, be smart, and go with love… and then leap. And then leap again. And then leap again’ Michelle Yeoh, Academy-award winning actress, advocate, and United Nations Development Programme Goodwill ambassador, offered the Harvard Law School Class of 2023 some advices during the Class Day celebration on Wednesday as they were poised to dive into “a presumably bright but unpredictable future.”

Tom Hanks’ Harvard Commencement Speech 2023

As the US grapples with a disinformation crisis, Tom Hanks told graduates of Harvard on Thursday to be superheroes in their defense of truth and American ideals, and to resist those who twist the truth for their own gain. “For the truth to some is no longer empirical. It’s no longer based on data, nor common sense, nor even common decency,”

Bill Gates’ Harvard Commencement Speech 2007

In line with the promise of this age, I want to exhort each of the graduates here to take on an issue—a complex problem, a deep inequity, and become a specialist on it. If you make it the focus of your career, that would be phenomenal. But you don’t have to do that to make an impact… don’t let complexity stop you. Be activists. Take on big inequities. I feel sure it will be one of the great experiences of your lives.

Steven Spielberg’s Harvard Commencement Speech 2016

Steven Spielberg’s Harvard Commencement Address 2016. In a two-hour movie, you get a handful of character-defining moments, but in real life, you face them every day. Life is one strong, long string of character-defining moments.

J. K. Rowling’s Harvard Commencement Speech 2008

The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more than any qualification I ever earned.


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