The best commencement speeches of 2012 featuring Sonia Sotomayor, Eric Schmidt, Aaron Sorkin, Michael Bloomberg, Ira Glass, and more!

Justice Sotomayor, NYU's 2012 Commencement speaker, received a Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa, at the ceremony.

NYU's 180th Commencement Exercises were held Wednesday morning, May 16, 2012, at Yankee Stadium. President John Sexton and Board of Trustees Chairman Martin Lipton presided over the event, which presented honorary degrees to Sonia Sotomayor - Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court; David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times; Patrick Desbois, President, Yahad-In Unum; and Charles Weissmann, Professor and Chairman, Department of Infectology, The Scripps Research Institute.

Hollywood producer Ralph Winter, known for such blockbuster hits as X-Men, Star Trek, Mighty Joe Young, Fantastic Four, and more, give the main address at Oral Roberts University's 45th Commencement. May 5, 2012

Global media mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey shared nuggets of wisdom every Spelman graduate must know during her commencement address to the class of 2012 on Sunday, May 20. The Mississippi native, who received an honorary degree from Spelman College in 1993, was also recognized with the National Community Service Award.

Eric E. Schmidt (Hon.'12), executive chairman of Google, delivers the commencement address to the Class of 2012 at Boston University's 139th Commencement.

Aaron Sorkin '83, screenwriter of the Social Network, used his particular blend of wit and principles to deliver a stirring commencement address for our 158th graduation ceremony on Sunday, 13 May 2012

Emmy and Golden Globe--winning actress Jane Lynch was the speaker at Smith College's 134th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Find the Text of the speech here:

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers the 2012 spring commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 32-thousand people made their way to Kenan Stadium to celebrate with nearly 5,700 degree recipients.

I always find graduation season and commencement speeches to be enlightening and inspiring. It really is a keystone moment in a graduates' life where they are being told what to expect. Each student takes his or her own interpretation of the speech but at the end of the day the speaker usually advises them to follow their heart, something that might be lost with all the events and pressures of moving ahead in life.

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