It’s the end of May, making it officially, time for graduation. Whether you’re graduating high school, college or getting your masters, it’s time to celebrate your success and hard work. Friends and family are flocking to school campuses across the country to attend their loved ones graduation ceremony. In New York City, our New York commercial photographers have been busy taking corporate photos for universities looking to commemorate this once a year event. Aside from the tradition of graduation portraits, another graduation tradition for universities and high schools is to select notable speakers to deliver a speech to the graduating students to impart a last bit of wisdom before they officially leave a program. If you are not a member of the class of 2014, no worries! You can still get those important bits of advice given to grads here in our best 2014 graduation speeches round up.
1. Sandra Bullock at Warren Easton Charter High School in Louisiana- “”Eat something green every day. Do not pick your nose in public. How about we just go get a tissue? When someone who cares about you hugs you, hug them back. If someone doesn’t want to play with you, it’s okay. Not everybody is going to love us”.
2. Secretary of State, John Kerry at Yale University– “You are graduating today as the most diverse class in Yale’s long history, or, as it’s called in the NBA, Donald Sterling’s worst nightmare.”
3. First Lady, Michelle Obama at Dillard University in New Orleans– “No dream is too big, no vision is too bold…As long as we stay hungry for education and let that hunger be our North Star, there is nothing, graduates, nothing, that we cannot achieve”.
4. Jill Abramson at Wake Forest University– “And some of you — and now I’m talking to anyone who’s been dumped, you bet — not gotten the job you really wanted or receive those horrible rejection letters of grad school. You know the sting of losing, or not getting something you badly want, when that happens, show them what you are made of.”
5. Yoko Ono at Pratt Institute-“Let’s together be the metronome of our very troubled human culture or human race”
Whether this is your first time in a cap & gown or not, we hope this list inspired you. Congratulations to the class of 2014!