Speakers for Your Commencement


It’s almost graduation season! As you’re looking for an inspiring speaker to send off your graduating class, consider one of these inspirational speakers that will fill audiences with conviction, determination, and inspiration, and provide advice for the next phase of their lives.

John Green

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#1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Anthropocene Reviewed, The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska, John Green shares universal reflections and personal advice, encouraging his audience to continually listen and learn.

See: John Green at Kenyon College

Jane Fonda

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One of the most recognizable women and inspiring activists of our time Jane Fonda shares words of wisdom on never giving up, fighting for what we believe in, and taking action against injustice.

See: Jane Fonda at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Graduation

Eric Holder

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Former U.S. attorney general and esteemed civil rights leader, the Honorable Eric Holder, gives an empowering sendoff and encourages graduates to build a more inclusive, more just, and more perfect union by upholding equal justice under the law.

See: Eric Holder at Dickinson College

Michelle Zauner

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Frontwoman of Japanese Breakfast and author of New York Times bestseller Crying in H Mart Michelle Zauner inspires audiences to pursue self-discovery and creativity.

Inspirational Messages for Graduating Classes

Adam Davidson: Finding Your Niche 

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Adam Davidson

Co-founder of Planet Money, award-winning journalist, and author of The Passion Economy

Dr. Simran Jeet Singh: Biases Behind “Resilience”

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Dr. Simran Jeet Singh

Motivational speaker, author, and human rights activist

Bill Burnett: Designing Your Life

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Bill Burnett

Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford and co-author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling book Designing Your Life

Theresa Macphail: Art of Failure


Theresa MacPhail

Medical anthropologist and author of Allergic

Emi Nietfeld: The True Meaning of Resilience

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Emi Nietfeld

Software engineer, writer, and author of Acceptance

Dr. Joshua Bennett: Poetry for the People

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Dr. Joshua Bennett

Award-winning poet and scholar of the spoken word

Leila Mottley: A Voice forthe Graduating Generation

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Leila Mottley

Award-winning author of Oprah’s Book Club selection Nightcrawling and former Youth Poet Laureate of Oakland

Chris Smalls: Using Your Voice for a Greater Movement


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Labor organizer and president and co-founder of the Amazon Labor Union