Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

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 »

Steve Jobs’ Spouse Recognized as Education Advocate

Laurene Powell Jobs, Co-Founder of College TrackWhen Steve Jobs died in early October, he not only left behind a line of innovative Mac products, he also left behind a philanthropic wife. Laurene Powell Jobs’ good deeds in education reform have finally reached the spotlight in light of her husband’s death.

Her largest contribution to education is College Track. It is a program that started in 1997 and offers coaching, tutoring and guidance in finding financial assistance for high school students that may find it difficult to attend college.

Ms. Jobs, who worked for Merrill Lynch Asset Management and Goldman Sachs in the late 1980s, had a well-rounded education and upbringing, unlike the students she seeks to help out.

Students, who are often black or Latino, that need College Track’s help “Think, ‘you don’t know my story,'” said Carlos Watson, who co-founded College Track. Watson said that despite the differences Ms. Jobs has with these students, she always finds a way to connect with them.

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Steve Jobs’ Education Background

American business man Steve Jobs is probably best known for being the former CEO of Apple Inc. He has also served as the chief executive of Pixar Animation Studio and has served as a member of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company. On August 24, 2011, Jobs publicly announced his resignation from his job as the CEO of Apple and was then appointed chairman of the company’s board of directors. EDUinReview will now take a look at this creative man’s education background.

Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California. He was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs; the couple also adopted another child, Patti, who became Jobs’ sister. His biological parents are Abdulfattah Handali and Joanne Simpson, who later married and had another child, Mona Simpson.

Jobs graduated from Homestead High School in Cupertino, California, in 1972. While in high school, Jobs spent his free time attending various after-school lectures at the Hewlett-Packard Company, where he also worked with Steve Wozniak as a summer employee.

After high school, Jobs attended Reed College for one semester but then dropped out. In 1974, he started going to Homebrew Computer Club meetings with Wozniak and began working for Atari. He saved his money and then traveled to India with a college friend, Daniel Kottke. He returned from India and continued working at Atari.

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Steve Jobs Asks College Girl to “Please Leave Us Alone”

s-jobsIt’s well known that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has a public email address, and that he occasionally responds to emails from customers. Chelsea Isaacs is the author of one of the emails to which Jobs replied, but she doesn’t exactly count herself as lucky.

Chelsea, a senior at C.W. Post Long Island University, was writing a paper about the educational uses of the iPad. ABC reports that she had attempted to contact the Apple media relations department many times when she decided to shoot off a message to Jobs, mentioning that her paper was due the following day and crucial to getting a good grade in the class. Jobs responded within a half hour, with the message “Our goals do not include helping you get a good grade. Sorry.”

Chelsea responded that she did not say that Apple should help her get a good grade (although she did imply it). “Rather I politely asked why your media relations team does not respond to emails.”

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