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The Best 2014 Commencement Speeches Are Yet to Come

These notable leaders have yet to deliver their commencement addresses.
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Beyond being inspirational to a new generation of young people, commencement speeches can also be lasting pieces of cultural history. Take the passionate call to action from Steve Jobs at Stanford in 2005 or the powerful forward-thinking testament from President John F. Kennedy at American University in 1963.

You've no doubt seen the headlines from the first half of the 2014 commencement-speech season. Ousted New York Times editor Jill Abramson, for example, gave a stirring talk to the graduating class at Wake Forest University.

But there are even more big talks coming up in the next few weeks. From President Barack Obama to Bill Gates, take a look at the list below and mark your calendars. (And if you've missed the boat on the first half of the season, we've got you covered.)

Coming up

Thursday, May 29: Michael Bloomberg, former New York City Mayor, Harvard University

Saturday, May 31: Joe Biden, U.S. Vice President, University of Delaware

Friday, June 6: Ellen Kullman, DuPont CEO, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Saturday, June 14: President Barack Obama, University of California, Irvine

Saturday, June 14: Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO, University of Washington

Sunday, June 15: Bill and Melinda Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stanford University

And in case you missed it...

You can check out these videos and transcripts of commencement addresses that have already taken place.

  • Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Board chair, New York University
  • Jill Abramson, former New York Times executive editor, Wake Forest University
  • Mary Barra, General Motors CEO, University of Michigan
  • Tory Burch, fashion designer, Babson College
Last updated: May 28, 2014

LAURA MONTINI | Staff Writer

Laura Montini is a reporter at Inc. She previously covered health care technology for Health 2.0 News and has served as an associate editor at The Health Care Blog. She lives in San Francisco.




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