16 Best Graduation Speeches From Pop Culture

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The best graduation speeches get at something fundamental about what graduation means. Fortunately, graduation can mean a wide variety of things to different people. For some, it’s a chance to look back on the years they’ve spent studying and the drama they’ve come through. For others, it’s a chance to look ahead toward the future. Graduation speeches set the tone for everything in the movie or TV show they’re contained within.

Oftentimes, they’re pretty emotional affairs. They’re moments for parents to feel proud of how far their child has come. On TV shows, they can feel like the culmination of seasons of watching young people struggle through school. In movies, they can set the tone for what’s to come, or provide a cap on the film as it winds to a close. These speeches don’t always go as planned, but all of them are inspiring for one reason or another.

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