HigherEdMorning.comNew list: 40 best commencement speeches

New list: 40 best commencement speeches

May 14, 2010 by Taylor Hannigan
Posted in: In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views

A major magazine has come up with its list of the 40 most inspiring commencement speeches. Can you guess who delivered No. 1?

Here are the top 10 on a list of most inspiring commencement speeches, as compiled by Essence.com:

1. President Obama (Hampton University 2010).

2. Michelle Obama (University of California 2009).

3. Ursula Burns (Rochester Institute of Technology 2009).

4. Maya Angelou (Bennett College 2007).

5. Ruth J. Simmons (Washington University 2002).

6. Deval Patrick (Tufts University 2009).

7. Johnnetta Cole (Mount Holyoke College 1998).

8. Toni Morrison (Wellesley College 2004).

9. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond (Wheelock College 2007).

10. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (University of Tampa 2009).

For the complete list, click here.

Do you have a favorite commencement speech? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

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  • Kati

    Hi, I delivered a student commencement address at Penn that has been in high demand by students and faculty. Would you like a copy?


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