Must-See Commencement Speeches!

With graduation around the corner, there is a bittersweet feeling in the air, and it is likely that our seniors are feeling more bitter than sweet. If you are a senior who needs a break from your pre-graduation jitters, here is a sampling of our favorite celebrity commencement speeches that are guaranteed to make you laugh!

Stephen Colbert, Knox College, 2006

Stephen Colbert is infamously known for his cynical alter ego, and it is no surprise that it made its way into his commencement speech at Knox College in ‘06. Nonetheless, Colbert managed to share some honest words of wisdom, with his usual sarcastic undertone, of course!

Amy Poehler, Harvard University, 2011

Amy Poehler’s commencement speech at Harvard in 2011 was everything you could hope for. Packed with her usual cutthroat humor, this speech definitely makes our list of favorite commencement speeches!

Ellen Degeneres, Tulane University, 2009

Ellen’s commencement speech at Tulane University in ‘09 was far beyond a mere speech. Her notorious dance moves were prominently featured, making it more of a performance than a speech! 

Jane Lynch, Smith College, 2012

Last, but definitely not least, this speech from 2012 is easily one of our favorites! Amongst her witty anecdotes, Jane Lynch gave one of the most genuinely inspirational celeb speeches we have seen. If you are looking for a laugh, in addition to some sincere advice, this is the speech for you!

Happy Graduation, Seniors! You will be missed!