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Class Day Speeches


Class Day speeches are given the day before a commencement ceremony, with only the graduating class in attendance. They usually are humorous and well-keyed to the culture of the day, yet often they also contain persuasive and compelling advice to the soon-to-be graduates. 
Class Days may include remarks by seniors, the induction of honorary class members, and the recognition of class members for their contributions to the university or college.


Toni Morrison "Refugees and Humanity"
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee USA
May 10, 2013
Amy Poehler "You Can't Do It Alone"
Harvard University
May 25, 2011
Tom Hanks "Fear or Faith"
Yale University
May 22, 2011