Top 6 Celebrity Graduation Speeches of 2014

These accomplished actors, comedians, and moguls have inspiring words of wisdom to share with the graduating class of 2014.

Four years can pass us by in the blink of an eye.

Many celebrity speakers joined this year’s college graduates in celebration, providing encouraging commencement speeches. An overriding theme in each speech was to encourage graduates not to fear of judgment, criticism, or failure. While graduation can be an overwhelming time, learn to trust your own abilities and never let fear hold you back from following your heart.

1. John Legend, University of Pennsylvania

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The recording artist emphasized that success is measured in happiness, which comes from doing things you love. Love requires commitment, and you must never let fear, the opposite of love, hold you back.

2. Jim Carrey, Maharishi University of Management

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Take a chance doing what you love. The actor encouraged the graduating class to embrace life’s challenges, and keep a playful heart.

3. Charlie Day, Merrimack College

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Trust your ideas and run the risk of failure, chasing after your passions. Rather than waiting for opportunities, the writer and actor noted that you should make your own break.

4. Mindy Kaling, Harvard Law School

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Writer and actress Mindy Kaling emphasized the importance of using your power to make a positive difference and upholding justice and fairness.

5. Sean Combs, Howard University

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In his speech, musician Sean “P. Diddy” Combs recognized the need to be your own light when faced with failure and always remember to believe in yourself.

6. Ed Helms, Cornell University

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Don’t let growing up take away your foolishness. Actor Ed Helms focused on the importance of maintaining a sense of wonder, joy, and curiosity.

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