It’s graduation time, and those famous celebs that you love are delivering some inspiring words to the next generation. Oprah Winfrey is one of the most recognizable faces on the planet and can command a room like no other. Her last big speech at the Golden Globes in January drew national attention and sparked rumors she was considering running in the 2020 presidential election. Twitter went wild praising the media mogul for her powerful words.
On May 11, she spoke to the graduating class of University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and her message was just as strong: “Use this moment to encourage you, to embolden you, and to literally push you into the rising of your life.”
When actor Chadwick Boseman, aka the Black Panther, took the stage at Howard University, people listened. He doesn’t just have one of the biggest superhero movies of all time — he has the power to really inspire. Boseman delivered his speech on May 12 at his alma mater (he graduated in 2000) and urged students to pursue life with passion and purpose. “Whatever you choose for a career path, remember the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose,” Boseman said. He ended his inspirational speech with a “Wakanda forever” salute and the words “Howard forever.”
On May 12, Academy Award winner Michael Keaton addressed the graduating class of Kent State University, reminding them to “be yourself.” He then took the opportunity to deliver two very important words: “I’m Batman.” Talk about the perfect ending.
Watch the video above for more celebrity commencement speeches.