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.)
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.