Commencement speeches are known for the standard clichés. "Chase your dreams!", "Live life to fullest" and "It's not the end, it's the beginning" just to name a few. This year's commencement speeches brought in a new crop of advice for graduates that can inspire even the most seasoned professional.
President Barack Obama, Rutgers University
Quote: "If somebody has a bad or offensive idea, prove it wrong."
Hoda Kotb, Tulane University
Quote: "I learned that my life has margins and it's to be valued and not wasted."
Sheryl Sandberg, University of California at Berkeley
Quote: “When the challenges come, I hope you remember that anchored deep within you is the ability to learn and grow. You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it. In that process you will figure out who you really are -- and you just might become the very best version of yourself.”
First Lady Michelle Obama, Jackson State University
Quote: “Remember that decades from now, someone will be standing here where I’m standing today and they will be telling that new class of graduates about all of you. So we’re counting on you to live lives worthy of retelling, lives that will inspire our next generation to keep walking that path to righteousness and doing the work to fulfill that dream.”
Lin Manuel Miranda, University of Pennsylvania
Quote: “The stories we tell vs. the stories we leave out will reverberate across the rest of your life. … My dear terrified graduates, you are about to enter the most uncertain and thrilling period of your lives. The stories you are about to live are the ones you will be telling your children, and grandchildren and therapists.”