Five commencement speeches to forever keep close at heart

Illustration by Elise Furlan

Reading commencement speeches is great, but there’s nothing like hearing sage advice straight from the horse’s mouth. Here are a few of the greatest for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

David Foster Wallace on compassion and why the most important things are often right in front of us.
George Saunders on why it’s important to be kind.
Neil Gaiman on why the answer to everything is “make good art.”
Ellen DeGeneres on losing everything and being true to oneself.
President Obama on the true markers of success and resisting complacency.

Need more inspiration? Check out NPR’s exhaustive list here.


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