NPR have a wonderful speech database with over 350 great commencement speeches on their resource The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever
What are the Most Common Words?
Excluding prepositions and other super-common words, the most frequent words appearing in this database of Great Commencement Speeches were:
Source: The Top Words of Wisdom for Graduates on NPR, (accessed 7 May 2019)
I’ve just added another great Commencement speech to my youtube playlist: Commencement Speeches
Emmanuel Faber gave the commencement address at HEC this year, 2016.
The first half is in french, the last in english. Emmanuel tells a powerful personal story, describes 3 diseases, and asks us a question…
This is a powerful speech. You’ve got to watch the video to hear Emmanuel’s story…
The 3 Diseases…
- Power – People who have power but do nothing with it, only protect their hold on power… Power makes sense only if you serve a purpose.
- Money – You chase money, you become a prisoner of money. Remember why you chase the money.
- Glory – Hall of fame is so that people can look at their own name. Don’t lose yourself just to see your name on a wall.
Who will you allow to ask you the important questions? (Who is your brother?)
Watch Emmanuel’s speech here: