Advice from Some of the Most Memorable Commencement Speeches

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Wed, Jun 01, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer here in North Texas and our fast Dallas couriers are excited about that!

June is graduation month, and that means we’re about to have a whole slew of newly minted adults entering the world!

While your grad might think he or she is a real hot shot and knows everything there is no know, there is still so much wisdom to impart on these young people. And what better time to get them to listen than right before releasing them into the big new world during their commencement speech? 

A delivery as well-timed as one from our Dallas hot shot couriers

Commencement speeches are older than America. In 1774, Barnabas Binney referred to commencement (of America, that is) as an “infant state of glorious freedom” during his speech at Rhode Island College, which later was converted to Brown University. 

For centuries, we’ve been using the moment of graduation as an opportunity to deliver our young people one final thing before letting them go. 

Here are the greatest kernels of wisdom from commencement speeches throughout the years, hand-picked by our same day delivery service in Dallas team:

  • “If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses.” Stephen Colbert, Northwestern University, 2011
  • “The future turns out to be something that you make instead of find. It isn’t waiting for your arrival, either with an arrest warrant or a band.” Lewis Lapham, St. John’s College, 2003
  • "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." Steve Jobs, Stanford, 2005
  • "Our problems are man-made — therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.” John F. Kennedy, American University, 1963
  • “Remember, true opportunity never knocks. I have found that I have to go looking for opportunity- and if I don’t find it, I have to create it.” Sumner Redstone, Northwestern University, 2002
  • “If all you ever do is all you’ve ever done, then all you’ll ever get is all you’ve ever got.” Margaret Spellings, Montgomery College, 2006
  • “You will have failures in your life, but it is what you do during those valleys that will determine the heights of your peaks.” Rahm Emanuel, George Washington University, 2009
  • “I wish that someone had said to me that it’s normal to feel lost for a little while.” Ira Glass, Goucher College, 2012
  • "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense." Winston Churchill, Harrow School, 1941
  • "Make no mistake about it, you are dumb. You're a group of incredibly well-educated dumb people. I was there. We all were there. You're barely functional. There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups, but the screw-ups, they're a-coming for ya." Aaron Sorkin, Syracuse University, 2012
  • “I have learned that learning is a passion that must not diminish with years. That applies to memory as well. It needs to be shared, lest it remains stifled, icy, silent.” Elie Wiesel, Dartmouth College, 2006
  • “Happiness is temporary and fleeting…joy is the right goal.” Guy Kawasaki, Babson College, 2000
  • “Graduation is a time for us to celebrate all of our achievements, but don’t stop there…continue living life to the fullest.” Jennie Cyran, Niagara University, 2007

If you’re celebrating a new beginning this summer, our Dallas on demand couriers extend a big congrats to you and your grad! And perhaps you can leave them with one of these final and lasting pieces of advice before releasing them into the world.