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Leaders Share Life Stories

It is graduation season, and leaders in all walks of life are commonly invited to share their life lessons at graduation ceremonies, inspiring future leaders of tomorrow. These leaders may include celebrities, entrepreneurs, political change-makers and more, all with stories and life lessons to share.

Here’s an article from Teen Vogue that collects some of the most famous, featuring:

  1. Steve Jobs: Standford, 2005
  2. Michelle Obama: Tuskagee University, 2015
  3. Natalie Portman: Harvard, 2015
  4. Amy Poehler: Harvard University, 2011
  5. Meryl Streep: Barnard College, 2010
  6. David Foster Wallace: Kenyon College, 2005
  7. Barack Obama: Howard University, 2016
  8. Kerry Washington, George Washington University, 2013
  9. Conan O’Brien: Dartmouth College, 2011
  10. J.K. Rowling, Harvard, 2008
  11. Oprah Winfrey: Harvard University, 2013
  12. Joss Whedon: Wesleyan University, 2013
  13. George Saunders: Syracuse University, 2013
  14. Nora Ephron: Wellesley College, 1996
  15. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Wellesley College, 2015
  16. Admiral William H. McRaven: University of Texas at Austin, 2014


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Teen Vogue, “16 Best Graduation Speeches That Leave a Lasting Impression, Kristi Kellogg and Noor Brara, April 17, 2020.

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