Best Commencement Speeches Ever delivered

 | November 11,2012 10:48 am IST

Do you remember when was the last lime you actually heard a speech and remembered even one single thing that the speaker said?


No, I am not questioning the ability of any speaker on how well he/she can engage the crowd, rather I am trying to insist on the fact that most of the people are least interested in hearing speeches. F.

Scott Fitzgerald once said, Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again.' And yes, there are some speeches that actually left an impression on those listening and even on the ones who read thereafter.


Here we are bringing some of the best commencement speeches by people who are known in their industry. Please spare us in case we have missed on at some otherdo not forget to mention it in the comments section. Here you go


1.Three Stories of my Life: Commencement Speech by Steve Jobs at Stanford University
You may call it my personal choice but believe me this one actually deserves to be on number one. This Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005, is the most liked and shared commencement speeches on the internet.

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2.Commencement Address by J K Rowling, The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination, at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association
I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do, ever, was to write novels. However, my parents, both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing personal quirk that would never pay a mortgage, or secure a pension. I know that the irony strikes with the force of a cartoon anvil, now.

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3. Greylock Partners data scientist DJ Patil's Commencement Address on Utter Failure at University of Maryland, May 2012
DJ Patil delivered the commencement speech at University of Maryland speaking about the role failures play in everybodys life.

On your day of such great accomplishment, Id like to talk about something we rarely celebrate: failure. And why we are counting on you to fail. Now bear with me, and youll see where Im going.

Read full speech here