From credit card tips to promoting world peace, these speakers offered great life lessons to young people on graduation day
John F. Kennedy
In his speech to American University on June 10, 1963, John F. Kennedy grappled with the attitudes toward peace in the U.S. and abroad.
Peace need not be impracticable, and war need not be inevitable.— John F. Kennedy
Conan O'Brien offered a lot of laughs to Harvard's Class of 2000, as well as a bit of advice. Watch the first part here.
Fall down. Make a mess. Break something occasionally.— Conan O'Brien
Steve Jobs's address to Stanford University on June 12, 2005 touched on love, death and connecting the dots – and ended with a statement that lived on after Jobs's death in 2011.
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.— Steve Jobs
David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace urged Kenyon College's graduating class of 2005 to truly learn how to think. Watch the first part here.
'Learning how to think' really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think.— David Foster Wallace
Which Stephen Colbert delivered the June 3, 2006 speech to Knox College? Not even Stephen Colbert knows for sure. Watch the first part of his address here.
So for as long as you have the strength to, say 'yes.'— Stephen Colbert
Touching on JFK's 1963 commencement address, the man who would become U.S. president urged Wesleyan University's Class of 2008 to think beyond themselves.
At a time of inequality, we need you to work for opportunity.— Barack Obama
While not a university speech, David McCullough's message to this year's graduates from Wellesley High School offered a grim reality check for people of all ages.
Do not get the idea you’re anything special. Because you’re not.— David McCullough