2014 Commencement Speakers
Commencement 2013 at University of Illinois Springfield
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Every year, colleges in United States invite notable people to their graduation ceremony to give a speech to newly graduating students. It's an opportunity for the speakers to give a last lesson and share their experience and advice to the students who will follow their own path through their personal and professional lives.

Every year, people from various backgrounds are invited to deliver inspiring speeches to graduating students: politicians, business, media, sports, philantropists... Steve Job's commencement address at Stanford University in 2005 is probably the most well-known of them. This year is no exception and big names include Bill Gates and Melinda Gates delivering a speech to Stanford undergrads, Barack Obama at UC Irvine, Sandra Bullock made a surprise appearance at the Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans...

Steve Ballmer, recently retired from Microsoft and newly owner of the LA Clippers , was energetic as usual and said to University of Washington's students : « I have two thoughts for you : One. Touchdown Washington and two, Go Dawgs ! (...) Opportunity ! Opportunity ! Opportunity ! It awaits you. » In reference to its famous « developers, developers, developers » catchphrase during its time at Microsoft.

Here is the list of 2014 Commencement speeches. Which one inspire you ?

SpeakerBiographyUniversityCommencement Speech
Peyton ManningQuarterback for the Denver BroncosUniversity of VirginiaWatch Peyton Manning's speech
Jill AbramsonFormer Executive Editor of The New York TimesWake Forest UniversityWatch Jill Abramson's speech
Forest WhitakerActorMiami UniversityWatch Forest Whitaker's speech
Joe BidenVice President of the United StatesUniversity of South CarolinaWatch Joe Biden's speech
Colin PowellFormer U.S. Secretary of StateHigh Point UniversityWatch Colin Powell's speech
Marry BarraGeneral Motors CEOUniversity of MichiganWatch Marry Barra's speech
Michael BloombergFounder of Bloomberg and former mayor of New York CityHarvard UniversityWatch Michael Bloomberg's speech
John KerryU.S. Secretary of State, J.D. '76Boston CollegeWatch John Kerry's speech
John LegendGrammy-winning singer and musicianUniversity of PennsylvaniaWatch John Legend's speech
Sean Combs (Puff Daddy)Rapper, record producer, entrepreneurHoward UniversityWatch Puff Daddy's speech
Sheryl SandbergCOO of Facebook, '91 '95 MBA alumnaHarvard UniversityWatch Sheryl Sandberg's speech
Admiral William H. McRavenAdmiral of U.S. NavyUniversity of Texas at AustinWatch Admiral William H. McRaven's speech
Steve BallmerFormer CEO of MicrosoftUniversity of WashingtonWatch Steve Ballmer's speech
Susan WojcickiCEO YoutubeJohns Hopkins UniversityWatch Susan Wojcicki's speech
Marc BenioffCEO and founder of SalesForce.comUniversity of Southern CaliforniaWatch Marc Benioff's speech
Shonda RhimesProductor, Director of Grey's Anatomy and ScandalDarmouth CollegeWatch Shonda Rhimes's speech
Barack ObamaU.S. PresidentUniversity of California, IrvineWatch Barack Obama's speech
Ed HelmsComedian, ActorCornell UniversityWatch Ed Helms's speech
Elon MuskEntrepreneur, Founder of Paypal, Tesla Motors, SpaceXUniversity of Southern CaliforniaWatch Elon Musk's speech
Steve BallmerFormer CEO of Microsoft, Owner of LA ClippersUniversity of Southern CaliforniaWatch Steve Ballmer's speech
Bill Gates and Melinda GatesFormer founder and CEO of Microsoft, Founders of Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationStanford UniversityWatch Bill Gates and Melinda Gates's speech
Michelle ObamaU.S. First LadyDillard UniversityWatch Michelle Obama's speech
Al GoreFomer Vice PresidentPrinceton UniversityWatch Al Gore's speech
Bill Nye "The Science Guy"Umass LowellWatch Bill Nye's speech
Jim CarreyActorMaharishi University of ManagementWatch Jim Carrey's speech
Sandra BullockActorWarren Easton Charter High SchoolWatch Sandra Bullock's speech