Commencement: Speeches For The Class of 2020

Commencement: Speeches For The Class of 2020

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 know that during these difficult times, most 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. From 4-star generals to all-star comedians, legendary coaches to John Legend himself, these are the words we hope will inspire you.... Show More

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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 8 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 9 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 13 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 9 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 7 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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May 15, 2020 6 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, chef, restaurateur, and TV personality Bobby Flay encourages graduates to embrace the opportunites that are offered to them, and to look past disappointments into a brighter future.

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May 15, 2020 6 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, comedian, best-selling author, and activist Chelsea Handler challenges new graduates to do things that scare them, meditate, find a good therapist, and get a dog.

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May 15, 2020 11 min


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May 15, 2020 6 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, Chuck Bryant, co-host of the Stuff You Should Know podcast, reminds graduates to not let this season define them, reminding them the world believes in their ability to craft a better future for themselves.

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May 15, 2020 13 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, one of history's best college basketball coaches Mike Krzyzewski inspires graduating seniors to surround themselves with good people and to trust those who love them as they make life decisions moving forward.

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May 15, 2020 7 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, restaurateur, author, and TV personality David Chang advises graduating students that true happiness comes from being selfless, encouraging them to leave the world better than you found it.

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May 15, 2020 14 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020, David Solomon, an investment banker, record producer, and CEO of Goldman Sachs inspires graduates to hold onto their unique spark in the world, be curious about the world and those we share it with, and to stay true to themselves.

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May 15, 2020 3 min

In this episode of Commencement: Speeches for the Class of 2020,

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