5 of the Best Celebrity Commencement Speeches

As we approach graduation season, celebrities and public figures are invited to share their parting wisdom with college graduates.

Here are five of the best celebrity commencement speeches.

Michelle Obama

In her speech in 2016 at City College of New York (CCNY.), she addresses equality, immigration, and culture and how they all belong in America.

Winfrey largely focused on what she refers to as an internal GPS, saying a moral and emotional one is the “key to life.” in her commencement speech in Harvard in 2016.

Oprah Winfrey

Record-breaking playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda delivered the 2016 University of Pennsylvania commencement speech, discussing his own battles.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison used her time as the 2004 Wellesley College commencement speaker to share her unique take on giving advice.

Toni Morrison

In his speech at Howard University, the late Chadwick Boseman acknowledges the various struggles students experience: some academic, others traumatic.

Chadwick Boseman

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