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Top 10 college commencement speeches

President Barack Obama straightens his tie before he receives an honorary doctorate of laws degree during the Morehouse College 129th Commencement ceremony, Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Atlanta.

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It’s graduation season, which means it’s time to slap on ridiculous hats and prepare to listen to an older, wiser person tell students what to do with the next step of their lives.
As Ira Glass, producer of the radio show This American Life, said in his commencement speech to Goucher grads in 2012, “Commencement speakers give stock advice, which is then promptly ignored. The central mission of the commencement speech is in itself ridiculous to inspire at a moment that needs no inspiration.”
But some, facing the risk of a “doomed form,” press forward and manage to ...


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