Commencement: Speeches For The Class of 2021

Commencement: Speeches For The Class of 2021

iHeartRadio knows how important the graduation ceremony is. After four long years of hard work, commencement offers one last moment to reflect before you toss your hat into the air and take on the world. We also know that because of these difficult times, a lot of graduates won’t get to attend their ceremony in person. So, we've partnered with some of the biggest names across industries, to write a commencement speech just for you.

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May 17, 2021 5 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2021, Bowen Yang of Saturday Night Live looks back at why he remembers so little from his own graduations, to share some forward-looking suggestions for the graduating class of 2021.

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In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2021, Destiny’s Child singer and actress, Michelle Williams, sends her heartfelt love, congratulations, and support, and takes some time to acknowledge the greatness of the graduating class of 2021.

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May 17, 2021 6 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2021, Academy Award Nominee Minnie Driver draws guidance from the ways that the lives of her parents grew out of brave reactions to the adversity that life threw at them, for the graduating class of 2021.

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May 17, 2021 11 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2021, Ben Bowlin, on behalf of the entire cast of Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know, takes some time to reflect on making your own “normal”, as well as share some facts they may not want to know (pun intended), with the graduating class of 2021.

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May 17, 2021 6 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2021, comedienne, podcast and television host Nikki Glaser brings her signature wit to tell the class of 2021 what a real education looks like and how to stay focused on what they love.

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May 17, 2021 3 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2021, award-winning singer/songwriter Demi Lovato offers a recognition of individual and collective hardships and a charge for the future, to the graduating class of 2021.

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May 17, 2021 6 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2021, sportscaster and television personality, Erin Andrews, highlights her favorite guiding quotations from some of the legends of the football record books, as well as her own best advice, for the graduating class of 2021.

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May 17, 2021 9 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2021, best-selling author, podcaster, and award-winning journalist Jo Piazza sizes up the ups and the downs of being a graduate today, and shares what she believes is the most important decision most people will make, with the graduating class of 2021.

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May 15, 2020 12 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, Grammy- and Academy Award-winning R&B singer/songwriter John Legend gives new graduates inspiration and wisdom as they take their first steps into adulthood.

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May 15, 2020 9 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, business magnate and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates empower graduating seniors to embrace the mantra that progress is possible, and encourage them to accept the shared mission of propelling us all forward into a better future.

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May 15, 2020 7 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, award-winning singer/songwriter Halsey takes some time to offer words of encouragement and motivation for the graduating class of 2020.

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May 15, 2020 11 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, American professional football player Eli Manning emboldens graduating students to discover their own unique grade of rocket fuel and blast off into a promising future.

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May 15, 2020 10 min

Aaron Mahnke is the creator, producer, and host of the hit podcast Lore (Best of iTunes 2015 & 2016). He is also the Executive Producer of the Lore television show on Amazon (from the producer of The Walking Dead), author of The World of Lore book series (Penguin Random House / Del Rey), creator and host of Aaron Mahnke’s Cabinet of Curiosities, as well as Executive Producer of the Noble Blood podcast, hosted by author Dana Sch...

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May 15, 2020 14 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World champion Abby Wambach encourages seniors to not forget to rely on their team, as nobody wins alone, and to relentlessly believe in themselves and each other.

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May 15, 2020 10 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, Angela Yee, co-host of The Breakfast Club emboldens the graduates to not be afraid to ask for help and to also help others, as they are the new visionaries, leading the way for the rest of us into a better tomorrow.

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May 15, 2020 8 min

Known as “The Voice of New York,” Angie Martinez is recognized as one of the most influential personalities in popular culture and media. In addition to her 25+ years of on-air hosting experience, Angie boasts a diverse portfolio of entrepreneurial endeavors, having served as a New York Times best-selling author, Grammy-nominated recording artist, actor, brand spokesperson and activist.

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May 15, 2020 15 min

As Captain of Moonshots (CEO) at X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory, Astro Teller oversees teams inventing and launching audacious new technologies to help solve some of the world’s hardest problems. This has led to breakthrough innovations such as self-driving cars, delivery drones, and smart contact lenses. Through his experience looking out onto 10+ year time horizons and leading moonshots at X, Astro has developed an unmatched ...

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May 15, 2020 13 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, singer, songwriter, and actress Becky G advises seniors to embrace the bright future ahead of them, trust themselves, be empathic and compassionate, and work together to make our world a better place.

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May 15, 2020 15 min

Radio and TV personality Bobby Bones who “has carved out a place for himself in nearly every corner of the entertainment world,” Bones is host of the nationally syndicated radio show, The Bobby Bones Show, which broadcasts to over 150 stations and is the #1 Country morning show with millions of weekly listeners.

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May 15, 2020 10 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, professional makeup artist, author, and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Bobbi Brown motivates graduating seniors to pursue the next steps in their life with enthusiasm, fearlessness, and perseverance. "Get over it. Get over yourself. Get out there."

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