Commencement Goes Hollywood!
The trend to have celebrity commencement speakers, often Hollywood A-listers, is going strong. Roosevelt University was an early adopter when Oprah spoke at our graduation 16 years ago.
As we look back at last year’s commencement speakers, here are two memorable quotes:
I am a pop artist. So my medium is public opinion. And the world is my canvas,” –Kanye West
It’s time to say goodbye to the person we’ve become, who we’ve worked so hard to perfect, and to make some crucial decisions in becoming who we’re going to be. For me, I’ll have to figure out how to do an hour-long show every night. And you at some point will have to sleep. I am told the Adderall wears off eventually. –Stephen Colbert
As we consider the commencement speaker lineup for 2016, here are a few that look promising. . .
- Jane Goodall at University of Redlands
- Spike Lee at Johns Hopkins
- Matt Damon at MIT
- Seth Meyers at Northwestern
If you are a commencement speech aficionado, or in need of some career shaking inspiration, check out NPR’s Best Commencement Speech catalog http://apps.npr.org/commencement/ where you can listen to famous speeches by everyone from Chuck Norris to JFK (without ads!)
If you were to give a commencement speech to our graduates (MATD, MAOD) what words of wisdom would you share?