Commencement Speeches

Three of our all-time favorites, with words that still inspire years (and decades) after graduation:

David Foster Wallace Kenyon College 2005 The mother of all commencement speeches; a grumbling ramble with luminous rays of pure Truth escaping through the cracks.

Paul Hawken University of Portland 2009. One of the world’s last, great gentle-men wields the velvet hammer of words.

Meryl Streep Vassar 1983 Why she goes to bed at 9:30, why the work is the reward, and, yes… why life is like high school.