Go Forth! Commencement 2015


To celebrate the season, we offer some of our favorite quotes from the 2015 Commencement addresses. Enjoy!

“I beg you to remember that it is not possible to know the end results of our efforts. Please voice your dissent. Anticipate your erasure. And find something you aren’t willing to sell.”
Evan Spiegel, Snapchat CEO at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business

“Do not fall into the entitlement trap of feeling like a victim. You are not. Get over it and get on with it. Yes most things are more rewarding when you break a sweat to get them.”
Matthew McConaughey, Actor at the University of Houston

“When I tell you that the world needs you, I really, really do mean it. For we are living in a time that is more unsettled, more complicated and more in need of a new generation of leaders than any I can recall.”
Madeline Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State at Tufts University

“I hope you find the courage to decide for yourself to find what is right and what is wrong. And then, please expect as much of the world around you. Try to make the world good according to your standards. It won’t be easy.”
Steven Colbert, Comedian at Wake Forest University

“Congratulations, Class of 2015. I’d like to take one photo of you, because this is the best view in the world.”
Tim Cook, Apple CEO at George Washington University

“As you travel through life, I hope you leave deep footprints behind. Not as a result of all the people you’ve stepped on to get ahead, but rather as a result of all the lives you have lifted along the way.”
Meredith Vieira, Journalist at Boston University

“I believe that at the beginning of this century, we launched a great crusade that will end with the 21st century historians looking back and saying, of all the accomplishments and changes, nothing was as important as gender equality. The 21st century will be remembered as the century of women.”
Tom Brokaw, Journalist at High Point University

“Role models are overrated. If I had required another black man who was an astrophysicist in the Bronx to be an inspiration I would not have become one.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist at UMass Amherst

“You have to put yourself in the right place and be ready for the right time,” she said. “Say yes to the scary stuff, to the seemingly menial stuff, you will be surprised by how that one small three lettered word will open doors.”
Amy Robach,  News Anchor at University of Georgia

It’s not a pretty thing to see talent wasted. It’s an even sadder thing to waste it yourself.”
Jimmy Buffett, Singer at the University of Miami

“Create your own destiny. Hold onto your old friends. Kiss your momma. Admit what your dreams are. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t know what you’re going to do tomorrow. But work hard and don’t be lazy.”
Maya Rudolph, Comedian at Tulane University


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