Saturday, May 31, 2014

The 300 Best Commencement Addresses Ever Delivered

The folks at National Public Radio have chosen 300 addresses going back to 1774.  They include speeches by Al Gore, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Anne Lamott, Barack Obama, Barbara Kingsolver, Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Billy Jean King, Bobby Knight, Bono, Conan O'Brien, David Brooks, David McCullough Jr, David Foster Wallace, Dwight Eisenhower, Ellen DeGeneres, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fred Rogers, George Plimpton, George W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Hank Aaron, John F. Kennedy, Jon Stewart, Ken Burns, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martha Nussbaum, Meryl Streep, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Jobs, Sting, Susan Sontag, Dr. Seuss, Tim Russert, Tom Hanks, and Will Ferrell.

The following speakers had multiple addresses make the list.  (Only David Brooks had more than two that made the list):

Arianna Huffington (Smith, 2013; Sarah Lawrence, 2011)
Barack Obama (Michigan, 2010; Arizona State, 2009)
Bill Cosby (Carnegie Mellon, 2007; Temple University, 2007)
David Brooks (Wake Forest, 2007, Rice, 2011, Sewanee, 2013)
John F. Kennedy (Yale, 1962; American, 1963)
Kurt Vonnegut (Hobart and William Smith, 1974; Agnes Scott, 1999)
Madeleine Albright (Wellesley, 2007; Harvard, 1997)
Meryl Streep (Barnard, 2010; Vassar, 1983)
Stephen Colbert (Northwestern, 2011; Virginia, 2013)
Susan Sontag (Vassar, 2003; Wellesley, 1983)
Wynton Marsalis (Connecticut College, 2001, Vermont, 2013)

NPR missed this one: