15 famous commencement speeches by women speakers

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(Editor's note: It's commencement time again, so we've updated this 2013 post since it first appeared with new additions to The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women. If you're a woman commencement speaker, or the speechwriter for one, here's your inspiration.)

10 famous commencement speeches by eloquent women

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(Editor''s note: It''s commencement time again, so we''ve updated this 2013 post with new additions to The Eloquent Woman Index since it first appeared.) Commencement is the start of something new, yes, but we''re often stuck listening to the same old tired speeches in celebration.

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Famous Speech Friday: Hillary Clinton's 1969 commencement speech

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Long before she became a Clinton, Hillary Rodham had an early and activist career as a speaker--so much so that Wellesley College broke with tradition and gave her a place on the commencement podium as its first student commencement speaker. Even in 1969, the speech was a sensation.

5 books that capture commencement speeches by women

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Commencement ceremonies often feature women speakers, but their speeches are less frequently published than those of male speakers. Rowling in a now-viral Harvard commencement address. It's one of my all-time favorite speeches, and a favorite gift I give.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 235) – Garry Trudeau

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Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.” — Garry Trudeau Photo courtesy of Linda A. Quotes for Public Speakers Commencement speech Garry Trudeau Humour public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 89)

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“A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success.&# — Robert Orben. Robert Orben - American Magician, Author and Comedy Writer.

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Commencement Speeches 2011: The best. and the rest

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All of which means it’s time again to commit ourselves to a reckoning of the best, the worst and the merely mediocre commencement speeches of 2011. This year’s crop of speeches – from luminaries, CEOs, actors, and secretaries of this department or that – was largely “B” work.

Analysis of a Speech by Conan O’Brien

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On 12 June 2011, Conan O’Brien delivered the commencement address to the 2011 graduating class of Dartmouth College. Clearly, he put a lot of effort into the speech, and was rewarded with a 30-second standing ovation when it was over. He should be able to deliver a dynamic and memorable speech. There is a lot that we can learn from this speech. His opening comments about the cold and how he needed gloves was not in the text of his speech.

Commencement speeches

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May and June are prime graduation months … which means they’re prime months for commencement speeches. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting information for speechwriters who have to tackle a commencement address. To get started: Read the &# Commencement&# chapter in CAN YOU SAY A FEW WORDS? (St. Tags: commencement speeches

Commencement speeches

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I’ve received several inquiries about reference materials for commencement speeches. . Tags: commencement speeches Looking for interesting trivia about colleges/universities? Nothing beats PILED HIGHER AND DEEPER: THE FOLKLORE OF CAMPUS LIFE (written by Simon J. Bronner, published by August House, Little Rock, Arkansas). . This book provides outstanding references, plus a detailed index. .

Why Will Ferrell’s USC Commencement Speech Was a Grand Slam

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Commencement season is upon us and you know what that means. Sure, we all agree that Will Ferrell is hilarious, but what is it about his speech that’s caused it to garner more than 1.9 Ferrell used it masterfully by making the most of his speech a story about his time at USC.

Meryl Streep: Barnard Commencement Speech

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In a compelling commencement speech acknowledging the value of single-sex education, she celebrated both the power of a women’s perspective and the power of empathy to bring real change. Ethos, Logos, Pathos Her speech employed the classic Aristotelian elements of persuasive public speaking: ethos, [.]. Tags: Public Speaking Speech Showcase Barnard Meryl Streep Meryl Streep opened her soul to the Barnard College graduating class last Monday.

Commencement speeches

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It’s the season when speechwriters start tackling those all-important commencement assignments. You’ll find an entire chapter devoted to commencement speeches in CAN YOU SAY A FEW WORDS? (St. This chapter will give you practical guidelines, plus excerpts from a wide range of commencements. Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed me for a one-hour show on commencement speeches (May 23 2007). His W&M commencement speech remains a classic.).

Commencement speeches

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The cashier's commencement speech

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This May, at its commencement, Hampshire College featured a staff member as speaker. Roberta Tudryn, the cashier in the college's dining hall, gave a commencement address unlike any I've heard. You can read the text of Tudryn's commencement speech here , but do watch the video.

Commencement Speeches to Class of 2016 - Borrow from Pema Chodron

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At a commencement speech in Naropa, American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron, did something very unusual. In your commencement speech, whether it's at college or a law school, you can also introduce the failure meme.

Commencement Speeches

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Enjoy this top 10 list of commencement speeches as posted on Onlinecolleges.net Top 10 Commencement Speeches for Tech Lovers By Kathleen Baker Listening to or reading transcripts of old commencement speeches is a great way to feel inspired to take chances, start a new career, or find out what truly drives you. Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com.

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Some schools have bucked the trend of inviting celebrities to give commencement addresses, in response to alumni and student feedback that says these speakers don't relate well to students. Brilliant man, poor commencement speaker.

Get them Standing: Commencement Speeches 2010

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Get them Standing: Commencement Speeches 2010 As I looked through this years commencement speeches, I came across this delightful opener. At the end of his speech, Mir gets the audience on their feet again - this time for a standing ovation.

‘Tis the Season … for Commencement Speeches

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I’ve received several requests for information on writing commencement speeches. The book features a large chapter on commencement speeches. Also: Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed me for a one-hour show on commencement speeches: www.wpr.org #070523M (&# At Issue with Ben Merens&# ). Tags: commencement speeches For starters, turn to CAN YOU SAY A FEW WORDS? (St. Martin’s Press, 2006).

6 Ways to Make a Commencement Speech Soar

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Kudos to speechwriters Vinca Lafleur and Jeff Nussbaum for a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on 6 Ways to Make a Commencement Speech Soar. They note: …graduations are high-quality speaking occasions, with a sizable, knowledgeable, multigenerational audience; an upbeat theme; an aura of pageantry and pomp; and a decent chance of sunshine. A well-prepared [.].

Commencement speech by Jim Lehrer

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Commencement Speaker Jim Lehrer’s Remarks. Iconic public broadcasting journalist Jim Lehrer gave commencement remarks at The College of William and Mary, urging members of the Class of 2012 to “serve and risk” Lehrer also outlined his personal guidelines for practicing journalism.

Put local details in a commencement speech

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Writing “special occasion&# speeches. . I encouraged the speechwriters to put local details in special occasion speeches - the more specific, the better. According to the Alumni Magazine: Brokaw said that in preparation for his speech, he had asked Jon Stewart ‘84, D.A. Stewart gave William and Mary’s commencement address in 2004. Tags: commencement speeches Last month, I taught my annual Advanced Speechwriting seminar.

A woman delivers top commencement speech

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The Cicero Awards for speechwriting are out, and I'm happy to say that colleague and speechwriter Jeff Porro has won top honors for the commencement speech he wrote for Anne Lynam Goddard , President & CEO of the Christian Children’s Fund. The speech was delivered to the graduating class at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., Read Jeff's speech (scroll to page 71 in this PDF full of winners ) as well as the others to get some great examples of top speeches today.

Watch lights fade in every room: Cautions about commencement speeches

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I've never given a commencement speech, but as a college senior, I judged the entries from fellow students who wanted to speak, along with a committee of faculty. Commencement speeches are fraught with all sorts of perils like this one.

Green Room Speakers: Will Ferrell's Harvard Commencement Speech

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Sunday, June 27, 2010 Will Ferrells Harvard Commencement Speech OK - So this is from 2003 and I am honestly not sure what you can learn from it, but I had to include it because it is just so funny. (I

How to give a commencement speech and include the audience

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Founder of the Webby Awards, filmmaker and Aspen Institute fellow Tiffany Shlain -- one of Newsweek's “Women Shaping the 21st Century -- explains on Huffington Post how she prepared for and delivered the commencement speech at the University of California at Berkeley this year.

J. K. Rowling, Harvard, and the memorable commencement speech

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Rowling’s commencement address to Harvard in 2008 and ask what I thought of her performance.  s  is a classic commencement speech.    It’s a good speech – it’s well written – but there is something about it that feels terribly old-fashioned.    Rowling reads the speech from start to finish, looking up occasionally to see the audience, but for a good deal of the time her head is buried in her text. 

Famous Speech Friday: Viola Davis's commencement speech "Go on and live!"

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Not so Viola Davis, who makes every speech a thrilling performance--mainly because it's clear she isn't acting. A nice coincidence for me: My own college classmate, Vicki-Ann Downing, wrote this great article about Davis's speech for Providence College.

Commencement Speeches: The Bad, the Horrendous, and the Inspired

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Commencement season has largely come and gone at universities and colleges around the nation. And, once again, we’re left with the remains of speeches that ran the gamut from wonderful (thank you, Tom Brokaw.) So, here’s a quick, non-scientific roundup of 2009 commencement speeches.

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This week, the blog looked at whether women should include--or avoid--topics about women in their speeches , and Famous Speech Friday shared 15 famous commencement speeches by women.

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Ellen's 3 rules for a great commencement speech

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It’s the commencement address season, and the advice of the age is:  be yourself.    The speech is a great reminder that humor always makes its own rules.    So think of this as Ellen’s Three Rules for a Successful Commencement Speech.      Humor is so rare at the podium, that a funny speech will fall like manna from heaven.    Ellen’s speech lasts less than 10 minutes. 

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This week, the blog suggested Let's stop tormenting speakers about these normal qualities , and Famous Speech Friday shared Arianna Huffington's commencement speech that hinted at her latest venture.

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For #BlackHistoryMonth, 38 famous speeches by black women

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Black women speakers from all over the world are often featured in The Eloquent Woman Index of famous speeches by women. Whether African, American or from elsewhere in the world, they make up close to 20 percent of the speeches we've collected and featured so far. famous speeches

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The Secret Sauce of Successful Commencement Speakers

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Every time you open a page of news headlines, a social media feed, or a message from a family member or colleague, you stumble across yet another inspirational commencement speech. I mean, I’ve seen the list of previous commencement speakers: Nobel Prize winners.

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Imported rarity: Commencement speeches are a uniquely American tradition. Read these insights (and good advice for grads) from a woman speaker who gave a commencement address in France.

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This week, the blog offered 6 myths about slides that are holding you back as a speaker , and Famous Speech Friday shared Berta Cáceres's 2015 Goldman Prize Speech. After that was posted, Wellesley College released partial audio from the speech, captured in this video.

For #marchforscience, 13 famous speeches by women scientists and engineers

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Scientists will be speaking up tomorrow in Washington, DC, and in cities around the world for the March for Science , so it's a great time to inspire with this baker's dozen of speeches by women scientists and engineers. famous speeches

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For #BlackHistoryMonth, 46 famous speeches by black women

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Black women speakers from all over the world are often featured in The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women. Whether African, American or from elsewhere in the world, they make up close to 20 percent of the speeches we've collected and featured so far.

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For Black History Month, 29 famous speeches by black women

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Black women speakers from all over the world are often featured in The Eloquent Woman Index of famous speeches by women. Whether African, American or from elsewhere in the world, they make up close to 20 percent of the speeches we''ve collected and featured so far. famous speeches

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