Garry Trudeau once said that "commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated." The speeches and quotes on GRADUATION WISDOM are the exception to this rule.
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My name is Cristina Negrut and I created this website in 2006 when my youngest son was only a baby and my oldest was two. Since then, I continue to maintain and develop the site while also curating the archive of the best commencement speeches.
When I started, my hope was that I would learn and share with others life advice from these speeches. Now, ten years into it, I can certainly say that there was a lot to learn. Not only I hope that many others will find the advice here useful but I am also working hard to ensure that many of these wonderful speeches will not be lost. My instinct to preserve these great speeches was most definitely nurtured while I got my degree in Information Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
I was born in Romania and came to the United States over 15 years ago. We now live in Madison, Wisconsin and I work full time, as as a user experience designer. With family and work, I am always scrambling to find the time I want to put into this site but you can be sure that no matter what, I will always find the time to reply if you send me a message with questions, comments, or suggestions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WHAT IS GRADUATION WISDOM?
- A collection of inspirational quotes from college graduation speeches.
- Little gems found buried on the web (some were discovered at the 85th page of a search engine's results meaning that unless you were very lucky you wouldn't have run across them which is a pity since they have such great advice).
- Meant to help boost your confidence, inspire, motivate, uplift the spirits, empower, etc.
- Notes and positive statements that you can read, repeat and reinforce in order to eventually replace the bad, negative thoughts.
- The commencement address you never had or you wish you had.
- Only one of my hobbies but currently taking the most time away from a trillion of household duties. Luckily, my husband, Dan, a Professor at UW-Madison, puts up with it (most of the times).
- I have no insight on how a commencement speaker is selected but this Time magazine article from a College President has a great insider view on the process of finding a graduation speaker.
GRADUATION WISDOM IN THE MEDIA
- Graduation Wisdom: The Art of Crafting a Memorable Commencement Speech
The Takeaway, a co-production of WNYC Radio and Public Radio International, in collaboration with The New York Times and WGBH Boston, 2017
- Nice Speech, Mark Zuckerberg! You're Still a Few Credits Short
Wall Street Journal, 2017
- What Makes a Great College Graduation Speech?
VOA News, Learning English, 2017
- Best Graduation Speeches Speak To The Heart
VOA, Voice of America, 2017
- At College Commencement Speeches in 2017, It's a No-Trump Zone on Most Campuses
USA Today, 2017
- Top Commencement Speech Life Hacks
WBEZ Chicago (National Public Radio), 2016
- The 25 Most Promising Graduation Speeches Of The Year"
- Words of Wisdom: Best college commencement addresses stick with grads years later
Des Moines Register
- How to Write a Brilliant Graduation Speech
Canada AM, Live TV, 2013
- Graduation Wisdom
Wisconsin State Journal, 2013
- Good Advice, Make your Commencement Memorable
NPR Boston, 2011
- 10 Stellar Commencement Addresses
USA Today, 2009
- Throughout the site, proper credit is given to all authors.
- The copyright attributed to the GRADUATION WISDOM refers to the value added of collecting commencement addresses that have inspirational advice, creating the meta-tags associated with each entry and selecting the quotations and excerpts out of each speech.
- Anything on this site is free to distribute for non commercial purposes as long as you indicate the source.
- To the best of our knowledge, all speeches and quotations included in this site are made available based on the fair use guidelines of the copyright law.
- None of the authors quoted on the GRADUATION WISDOM are affiliated with or have endorsed in any manner this site.
- We will promptly remove any content that might be suspected as violating a copyright.
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