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The 10 Best Celebrity College Commencement Speeches

Graduation memories are unfolding for college students at campuses across the country. Some are lucky enough to have speeches presented by the foremost thinkers of our time. Don’t discount them because of their celebrity. They’re bright, interesting, see the world from a different angle, and often leave otherwise stodgy commencement speeches feeling a little lighter.

We’ve rounded up the commencement speeches given by actors, actresses, and even tech giants that left us inspired, humbled, and in stitches.

In 2006, Stephen Colbert gave the commencement speech at Knox College, a private liberal arts school in Galesburg, IL. His opening remarks played on his thinly veiled real life/television persona. “I play someone on television named Stephen Colbert. He looks like me and talks like me, but with a straight face, says things he doesn’t mean. I’m not sure which one of us you invited here today.”

It didn’t take long to figure out which Stephen Colbert showed up. In his trademark farcical, news anchor style, he was light on the wisdom and heavy on “truthiness.” He somehow pulled off a law student/beer pong/Dred Scott joke, and claimed to have attended Knox College. “It doesn’t get reported much, partly because the press doesn’t do proper research, and partly because it’s not true,” he said.

It only took him 18 minutes, but he finally squeezed in some genuine remarks. He talked about his experience with improvisational comedy troupes, and how the spontaneity imitated life. “You’re about to start the greatest improv of all. You’ll have no script, no idea…and you are not in control. So say yes, and if you are lucky, people will say yes back,” he said. “Saying yes begins things, saying yes is how things grow. Yes is for young people, and that’s the word.” Read the rest of this entry »



Forbes Releases World’s Most Powerful Women List

michelle obamaWomen have come a long way since 1920 when they were first given the right to vote in American elections. Now, 90 years later, women across the country are heavily influencing the world’s politics, economy and social development.

In an effort to keep you motivated to study hard and pursue your dreams, here is a list of Forbes World’s Most Powerful Women.

Some of them might surprise you and also take note how many Americans are on the list!

1.    Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
2.    Irene Rosenfeld, Chief Executive of Kraft Foods
3.    Oprah Winfrey, Talk show host and media mogul
4.    Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
5.    Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States
6.    Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive of PepsiCo Read the rest of this entry »



Celebrities Speak Out Against Anti-LGBTQ Bullying

celebs-speak-outLGBTQ activist and sex columnist Dan Savage launched the “It Gets Better Project” YouTube channel to collect inspirational messages for young gay, bi and questioning people who may be struggling in high school or college. The effort has gotten much attention in the light a string of gay teens died by suicide in the past weeks. The channel attracted hundreds of video messages and rapidly reached its maximum capacity.

Many other celebrities have come forward with video messages, including Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen DeGeneres, Lala and Ciara, Jason Derulo and the cast of the Broadway musical Wicked.

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