Posts Tagged ‘commencement address’

Steve Jobs’ Commencement Speech at Stanford

December 12, 2009

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer, gave this commencement address at Stanford University on June 12, 2005. Reading it through, you will see why it has become the gold standard for commencement speeches.

It is frank, authentic, inspiring, rooted in wisdom and packs an emotional wallop. Jobs talks about how life unfolds in ways that may leave us disoriented and dispirited, but ultimately brings us to where we need to be as long as we continue to listen to our intuition and follow our heart.

Jobs’ words are a powerful reminder to live each day with joy, faith and the knowledge that everything that happens makes sense whether or not we understand it at the time.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first six months, but (more…)

Eva Kor’s Commencement Address

October 19, 2008

Eva Kor

Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate Eva Kor was kind enough to e-mail me the commencement address she gave in May 2008 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana. I had written about her stunning act of forgiveness and invited her to share more of her incredible story. 



President Behrs, Board of Trustees, Faculty, Staff, Students, and Friends:

I want to thank you for this rare privilege of speaking to you today as your commencement speaker, and for awarding me an honorary doctorate. It is a unique honor and it will solve my problem with my son, Dr. Alex Kor. When I give him my “Dr. Mom” advice, he often says, “Mom, why don’t you get a Dr.’s degree?” From now on I can say to him, “No thanks, I already have one.” (more…)