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Commencement Speech

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A commencement speech or commencement address is a speech given to graduating students, generally at a university, generally in the United States, although the term is also used for secondary education institutions.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

Secondary education normally takes place in secondary schools, taking place after primary education and may be followed by higher education or vocational training.

A university is an institution of higher education and research which grants academic degrees in various academic disciplines.

Natalie Portman Harvard Commencement Speech | Harvard Commencement 2015 by Harvard University

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The "commencement" is a ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred upon graduating students.

Full Speech: Jim Carrey's Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation (EN, FR, ES, RU, GR,...) by Maharishi University of Management

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A commencement speech is typically given by a notable figure in the community, during the commencement exercise.

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The person giving such a speech is known as a commencement speaker.

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Very commonly, colleges or universities will invite politicians, important citizens, or other noted speakers to come and address the graduating class.

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A commencement speech is less bound by the structure found in other forms of public address, like eulogies or wedding speeches.

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The speaker accordingly enjoys a unique freedom to express him or herself.

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Executive speechwriter Anthony Trendl writes

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A commencement speech, simply, is an opportunity to share your experience, values and advice.

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The precise form is up to you.

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This affords the speaker a platform to say amazing, unlimited things.

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