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Commencement Speeches

Lionsgate’s Kevin Beggs to Speak at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Commencement

Donna Deitch and Sarahbeth Grossman will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Natalie Portman Emphasizes the Power of Overconfidence and Inexperience in Harvard Graduation Speech (Video)

The alum reflected on her own "difficult" university experience, taking a risk on 'Black Swan' and making her directorial debut: "What has served me is diving into my own obliviousness, being more…

Robert Redford Tells Maine College Students: The World Is “Rough” and “Chaotic”

"It's kind of a grim story," he told graduates at Colby College. "But the story, I think, can be retold, and I really believe that you're the ones to do it."

Robert De Niro Gives Blunt Commencement Speech at NYU: “Yeah, You’re F—ed”

"A new door is opening for you — a door to a lifetime of rejection. It's inevitable," he warned of post-graduate life. "I hear that Valium and Vicodin work!"

Commencement Speeches 2015: Top 5 Moments of Grad Season (Video)

From Matthew McConaughey's thirteen life lessons to Maya Rudolph's Beyonce sing-along, here are five memorable moments from this year's commencement speakers.

Stephen Colbert Tells Wake Forest Graduates: “It’s Time to Say Goodbye to the Person We’ve Become”

The former 'Colbert Report' host and incoming 'Late Show' host compared his situation with that of the students embarking on their future, peppering his remarks with a few jokes about the North…

Tim Cook Shares How Steve Jobs Changed His Life During George Washington University Commencement Speech (Video)

"His vision for Apple was a company that turned powerful technology into tools that were easy to use — tools that would help people realize their dreams and change the world for the better," the…

Celebrity Honorary Degrees: Kanye West, Magic Johnson, Jon Bon Jovi Take Top Honors

Common, Tracee Ellis Ross and Mitt Romney can now add the title "doctor" to their name.

Maya Rudolph Impersonates Oprah, Sings to Beyonce During Tulane University Commencement Speech (Video)

The 'Saturday Night Live' alum brought comic relief to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as the university's keynote speaker.

Katie Couric Offers Career Advice to University of Wisconsin-Madison Grads During Commencement Speech (Video)

"A fulfilling professional life can be found at the intersection of what you love and what you're good at," the anchor said as she delivered the university's commencement speech on Saturday morning…

Matthew McConaughey Shares 13 Life Lessons During University of Houston Commencement Address

The Oscar-winning actor delivered the commencement address at the University of Houston graduation ceremony.

Common Receives Honorary Degree, Gives Winston-Salem State University Commencement Speech

"Go out and change the world," Common said to the crowd after being honored with his honorary degree.