12 Inspiring Graduation Speeches by Amazing Women

Now, THIS needs to be on EVERY telecast!


Let’s face it, ten years out, many of us can’t remember who spoke at our graduation ceremonies, never mind repeat what they said. But every year there’s a small batch of gems–speeches by a celebrity or CEO that fuse together equal parts wit, wisdom, nostalgia and meaning. Many of these are by women. In fact, the commencement address has become a particularly powerful platform for accomplished women. In the coming weeks, big names like Scandal showrunner Shonda Rhimes and General Motors CEO Mary Barra will ascend podiums around the country. In the meantime, here are some of our favorite graduation moments from the last few years.

Julie Andrews at University of Colorado Boulder (2013): “Use your knowledge and your heart to stand up for those who can’t stand. Speak for those who can’t speak. Be a beacon of light, for those whose lives have become dark. Fight the…

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3 thoughts on “12 Inspiring Graduation Speeches by Amazing Women

  1. Just heard from Kristina M. Johnson at my daughters graduation at UC Merced…CEO, Enduring Hydro ..She served as undersecretary at the department of Energy in Washington…from 2009 to 2010.. My daughter was instrumental in bringing her to her school of engineering graduation ceremony.. She talked about our young people making a difference and the many ways we can conserve energy..she had Hodgkin’s disease as a 22 year and endured owning 3 company’s and inspireing the future for all engineers.. especially woman.. My daughter was president of Vanguard and women in engineering … Bringing underprivileged high school students to her school … As her chancellor acknowledged her in the opening speech with great surprise to our family…I see woman like Kristina Johnson and my daughter Alyson Cabral.. Helping all woman .. To change our world for the better.. Heart to heart Robyn

    • That’s wonderful, Robyn! It’s so great see students like your daughter being instrumental to finding such wonderfully accomplished women that continues the #LeanIn movement! Thank you for the feedback. XO Laurean

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