A top commencement speaker can make your graduation ceremony a memorable, heartfelt and inspiring experience. Their stories of success about overcoming challenges in their field will inspire graduates as they enter the next phase of their careers.
For a memorable graduation speech, consider inviting a famous celebrity speaker, renowned academic, Fortune 500 CEO, or motivational speaker to your commencement event. Here is a sampling of the top graduation and commencement speakers that have shaped the next generation of scholars.
Top Commencement Speakers 2020
Before Woz became a cultural icon as the man behind the Apple computer, he was just another engineer working from his garage in Silicon Valley. Be inspired by how Woz and Steve Jobs helped make Apple a brand name company. Woz’s past commencement speeches have focused on continued learning throughout life and also in trusting your independent, innovative ideas.
Molly Bloom is an inspirational speaker whose personal story became the Oscar-nominated movie Molly’s Game. She overcame back surgery to become one of the top 3 women mogul skiers in the U.S., then moved to L.A. with nothing and built up the most successful underground poker game in Hollywood only to lose it. Audiences will be treated to valuable life lessons as they learn how she came back each time life knocked her down.
Michio is the rare scientist who makes complex sciences sound simple. He has become an internationally recognized media celebrity, appearing on late-night talk shows, Emmy award-winning documentaries, and national news. Audiences will be inspired by his talks of what the future holds, in terms you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand.
Known as FlyGirl, Vernice Armour went from cop to combat pilot in 3 years. Within months of earning her wings, FlyGirl found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. From the moment she steps on stage, she shows audiences how to acknowledge the obstacles in life without giving them power and how to create a flight plan utilizing her candid strategies to win on the battlefield of business and life.
Robert Sutton is a popular Stanford professor and bestselling author in the area of organizational change. His books, articles, and classes prepare people everywhere with the skills to identify and manage difficult bosses and co-workers. Let him prepare your graduates with entertaining advice on how to get along in the world of work.
Barb Stegemann is a social entrepreneur and founder of 7 Virtues perfumes. She inspires audiences with her story of reducing the opium trade in Afghanistan by convincing farmers to grow the ingredients used in her perfumes instead of poppies. Her humor, candor, and charm will inspire and entertain your commencement audience.
Shawn Achor is a top motivational speaker, happiness researcher, and bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage. His happiness research has been featured on many media outlets, including Oprah Winfrey, and one of the most popular TED talks. What better way to start life after graduation than armed with the tools to have a happy life.
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Top Commencement Speakers 2018
A Silicon Valley icon and tech-legend, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. As the co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. Steve has forever changed the way we think of the personal computer and interact with technology. Woz’s past commencement speeches have focused on continued learning throughout life and also in trusting your independent innovative ideas.
Peter Diamandis is a top innovation keynote speaker, futurist, Chairman/CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, futurist, and a New York Times bestselling author. As founder and chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, he leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions; and as Co-Founder & Exec Chairman of Singularity University, he helps counsel the world’s leaders on exponentially growing technologies. He has authored two New York Times bestselling books: Abundance and BOLD. In 2014, Fortune Magazine named Peter as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. His speaking is inspirational and paints a hopeful picture of the future that any student can strive for.
Shawn Achor is a top motivational speaker, happiness researcher, founder of GoodThink Inc., and the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. His happiness research has been featured on many media outlets, including Oprah Winfrey, the Harvard Business Review, and in one of the most popular TED talks. He is a firecracker who is sure to empower his audience. He will inspire his audience to take action and be the best versions of themselves they can be.
Arianna Huffington is among the most influential players shaping the national conversation on politics, the economy, the media, and public policy. An entrepreneur and business leader, Huffington provides an informed view on the state of the current business landscape and the impact of our financial policy on the future of the economy. Her access to Washington’s key decision-makers, as well as global and business leaders, allows her to provide a fresh and in-the-know perspective on today’s current events, culture, and politics.
Known simply as FlyGirl, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour went from cop to combat pilot in 3 years. Within months of earning her wings, she found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. After serving two tours overseas, she had become America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. Vernice is a battle-tested speaker and ignites audiences with a dynamic spark that can’t be extinguished. From the moment she steps on stage, she shows audiences how to acknowledge the obstacles in your life without giving them power and how to create a flight plan utilizing her candid strategies to win on the battlefield of business and life.
To bring one of these, or other, graduation and commencement speakers to your event contact BigSpeak at info@BigSpeak.com
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