I find the very best ones meet the three criteria Jim Valvano had for a really good day: it makes you laugh, think and cry. Robert F. Smith made headlines by saying in his graduation speech to grads at Morehouse College. Not all speeches make headlines, but they often give some great advice. Here are some great graduation speeches of commencement season. Remember that you can rise above them.
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