Our Favorite Advice from Iconic Graduation Speakers

Our Favorite Advice from Iconic Graduation Speakers

May 22, 2020

There are many high school and college graduates who are having their "remote" graduation ceremonies.  As a source of inspiration for those new graduates, Jon Kiser of Huckberry has compiled some influential graduation speeches. If you know a current graduate who would like to read this, please feel free to forward this on to them.

Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend!!


In 1974, Kurt Vonnegut asked the graduating classes of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, “What should young people do with their lives today?” Like any good graduation speaker, he answered his own rhetorical question: “Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”

It’s a good perspective for any era, and in the age of social distancing, Vonnegut’s words are as relevant as they’ve ever been. That’s because good ideas hold up, and they’re worth remembering. So instead of posting our graduation pictures to Facebook, we’re showing our solidarity with the class of 2020 by sharing some good ideas from our favorite graduation speeches.