Commencement speech

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Kent Beck giving a commencement speech
The University of New Hampshire commencement, at which George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton spoke

A commencement speech or commencement address is a speech given to graduating students, generally at a university, generally in the United States, although the term is also used for secondary education institutions. The "commencement" is a ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred upon graduating students. A commencement speech is typically given by a notable figure in the community, during the commencement exercise. The person giving such a speech is known as a commencement speaker. Very commonly, colleges or universities will invite politicians, important citizens, or other noted speakers to come and address the graduating class.

A commencement speech is less bound by the structure found in other forms of public address, like eulogies or wedding speeches. The speaker accordingly enjoys a unique freedom to express him or herself. Executive speechwriter Anthony Trendl writes

A commencement speech, simply, is an opportunity to share your experience, values and advice. The precise form is up to you. This affords the speaker a platform to say amazing, unlimited things.[1]

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2016 speeches[edit]

President Obama, Howard University [9]

Steven Spielberg, Harvard [10][11]

Peter Thiel, Hamilton College [12]

Micheal Bloomberg, University of Michigan [13]

Charles Duhigg, Wren College [14]

Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University [15]

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at Hillsdale College's [16]

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