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Shonda Rhimes tells dreams to 'suck it' in amazing Dartmouth commencement speech -- VIDEO

Shonda Rhimes knows how to write a speech; we know that much. But does she know how to deliver one of her own speeches? Though she might not like doing it, the answer is clearly “yes.”

On Sunday, Rhimes stood in front of her alma mater’s graduating class of 2014 to tell this year’s newest batch of Dartmouth alums what to expect after college. Her speech was filled with candid revelations, personal stories, and of course, a few references to the wild world of ShondaLand. Here’s what we learned: READ FULL STORY

Mindy Kaling's Harvard Law Class Day speech is hilarious -- VIDEO

Little known fact: If a speaker name-checks “the documentary” about Elle Woods while talking to Harvard Law School’s graduating class, you know her remarks are going to be good.

That’s exactly the kind of pop-culture-tinged humor that Mindy Kaling — a woman reminded in the opening moments of her speech that, despite playing an OBGYN on television and getting an honorary degree from Harvard Law, she isn’t actually a doctor of any kind —  used in her speech at Harvard Law’s Class Day ceremony this past week.

“I know what you’re probably thinking: Mindy Kaling? Why did they ask her?” Kaling remarked. “She’s just a pretty Hollywood starlet. What does that quadruple threat know about the law? Sure, she seems really down-to-earth, and pretty but in a totally accessible way, and yeah, she was on People magazine’s Most Beautiful list this year and also in 2008, but what intelligent remarks could she possibly make about the law? She’s probably too busy doing shampoo commercials! But I’m not too busy. In fact, I would kill to do a shampoo commercial. So if anyone from L’Oreal is out there, please Snapchat me after this.” READ FULL STORY

2014's best commencement speeches: Puff Daddy, Charlie Day, and more -- VIDEO


Commencement speeches can be boring. Just when you think you’re done with lectures, here’s one more person ranting to you about how to live your life as you wait to receive your diploma. But if that person is It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Charlie Day or Sandra Bullock, listening to “follow your heart” becomes much more enjoyable.


Presenting the ultimate celebrity commencement speech mashup -- VIDEO


Celebrities have been donning robes and giving commencement speeches for years. But when NPR looked at a bunch of noteworthy past addresses, it spied a pattern: The speakers often mentioned their age, told graduates to follow their hearts, and yelled out “BOOYAKASHA!” Or maybe that was just Ali G. The point is, the news organization found enough footage to compile a mashup guide to giving the ultimate commencement speech.


Joss Whedon speaks to Wesleyan grads: 'This is a good commencement speech!' -- VIDEO

It’s the season of finales, summer movies, and celebrity commencement speeches. Joss Whedon — no stranger to the first two — spoke to the assembled graduates of his alma mater, Wesleyan University, this weekend. His speech expounded on the contradictions “between your body and your mind, your mind and itself” and was alternately rueful and humane, with a killer hook: “Don’t just live, be that other thing connected to death. Be life.”

His opening line? “Two roads diverged in a wood and…” Just kidding! But seriously, kids: “You are all going to die.” (What is this, a Joss Whedon show?)

The full text is here. Check out the video, starting at 2:40, and some of Whedon’s best lines, below.


Celebrity commencement addresses: Steve Carell, Jane Lynch, and more

Steve Carell refrained from “That’s what she said” comments, well, almost, (check out 14:10) but the funnyman managed to be both funny and earnest in his remarks to Princeton University grads as their Class Day Speaker yesterday. 

His speech focused on the differences between when he went to college and now, and talked about how much harder he had it, including talking to girls without being able to text them. Instead, he had the pleasure of getting rejected face-to-face. “The point is, I suffered, and you should have to suffer too,” he explained to laughs.

Carell also gave some insight into what social media was back in the day: “We didn’t have Twitter, we used good old-fashioned gossip. If you wanted to talk about someone you could do it face-to-face, right behind their back.”

Check out video of Carell’s remarks, as well as some of our other favorite 2012 celebrity commencement speeches –such as Jane Lynch and James Franco–after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Aaron Sorkin recycles old Syracuse speech in new Syracuse speech -- VIDEO

Aaron Sorkin is a big fan of Aaron Sorkin’s work. The Social Network scribe and Syracuse University grad delivered a commencement address at his alma mater on Sunday and as Syracuse student Chelsea DeBaise first noticed, the speech included several lines that were recycled wholesale from a convocation speech Sorkin gave at Syracuse in 1997.

Among the repeated moments: In each oration, Sorkin began with the same anecdote about a long-married couple. In both, he described an actor who backed out of A Few Good Men to appear in a film that was never made, following the story with this insight: “I don’t know what the first actor is doing, and I can’t remember his name. Sometimes, just when you think you’ve finally got the ball safely in the end zone, you’re back to delivering pizzas for Domino’s. Welcome to the NFL.” And in both, he also remembered his roommate Chris, a victim of the AIDS epidemic: “He was born out of his time and would have felt most at home playing Mickey Rooney’s sidekick in Babes on Broadway,” Sorkin said in 1997 and again in 2012.

Sorkin’s old speech isn’t the only self-penned source he mined for material.  READ FULL STORY

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