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)
Commencement speeches… the final words of wisdom that almost-graduates receive before heading out into the big world. These are important speeches. I have had the privilege of attending 2 or 3 graduations a year at IESE Business School over the last 13 years.
Top 5 Commencement Speeches
Here are my 5 favourite commencement speeches. They are from inspiring people, sharing personal experiences in a humble manner. This 5 pack of wisdom runs to less than 60 minutes of your life… Watch soon, watch often…
My top 5 commencement speeches (not in any order of preference):
The videos are all provided below on the blog, also available on youtube as a playlist called Commencement Speeches.
Make Good Art
University of the Arts, 2012
Neil Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. A must watch for any artist and everyone who hopes to be creative and successful.