Inspiring Quotes From 2017 Commencement Speeches
It’s graduation season and famous professionals have been giving their words of wisdom to your next class of entry-level employees. From inspirational to direct and to the point, these commencement speakers have given great advice that professionals of all ages should listen to. Here are some great quotes from 2017 graduations speakers, taken from Entrepreneur.com:
"Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness."
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg , Harvard 2017 commencement speech.
“You can go slow. Allow your dreams and goals to change, but live an intentional life.”
Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani’s commencement speech at his alma mater, Grinnell College. Having grown up in Pakistan and moved to the states to attend college, Nanjiani shared his story with the students. Touching upon failure, diversity, personal growth and more, Nanjiani inspired the students to live life to the fullest.
“Summon your compassion, your curiosity, your empathy towards others and your commitment to service. Give more than you receive and I promise you, it will come back to you in ways you can't possibly imagine.”
Former Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz at Arizona State University
“Build resilience in yourselves. When tragedy or disappointment strike, know that you have the ability to get through absolutely anything.”
Facebook COO and founder of LeanIn.org recalled how she dealt with her own personal tragedies and how they helped her become stronger than ever. During her commencement speech at Virginia Tech, she encouraged others to learn and grown from these moments too.
“No matter how cliché it may sound, you will never truly be successful until you learn to give beyond yourself. Empathy and kindness are the true signs of emotional intelligence.”
From joking to singing, comedian and actor Will Ferrell gave an inspiring speech at the University of Southern California.