A commencement speech affirms your graduation into the new world. Attending college is a thirst for knowledge and each year, a commencement speaker reminds you that your thirst for knowledge doesn’t have to stop with your graduation. Your hard work and dedication should guide you to help reach your dreams and goals. Speakers encourage graduates to take their commencement into the future and never stop learning. You’ll new embark a journey into a world outside of college that thrives on your ability to keep learning and be willing to grow. Some of the most prominent graduation speakers this year include:
President Barack Obama
The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, gave a historical commencement speech at Howard University this year. As the leader of this country, he went on to encourage the future leaders of tomorrow. He was very personal with the audience ensuring them that he knew it took a long hard road to get there. He affirmed how college has allowed some to gain lifelong friends and others to discover what they are truly made of. As a strong believer in the progress of humankind he encouraged the new graduates to do the same. In addition, President Obama encouraged them to embark on their special responsibilities and to seek the spirit of achievement. He received a well-deserved standing ovation for his commencement speech.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba gave a heartfelt speech at the New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus. Stressing the importance of uniting the United States and the UAE his speech further reinforced his efforts to improve the bond between the two countries. The ambassador was selected to his stance on the value of openness. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s speech encouraged graduates to embark on the new world with peace, diversity, and tolerance for all people.
Founder of the Oracle, Larry Ellison, gave a moving commencement speech at the University of Southern California. In his speech, he advised the 2016 graduates to pursue their dreams. He offered up advice that he learned from Steve Jobs who was a good friend of his for over 30 years. Larry Ellison also encouraged the graduates to be committed to the improvement of the lives of others throughout their work after graduating. He noted achievements throughout life are as valuable as academic success.