On why mistakes and failures are necessary (from Stanford to Harvard)

STEVE JOBS delivered a memorable and greater-than-himself speech at Stanford. †The Harvard ilk will not be outdone.

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Here’s another of my favorite commencement speeches (It was actually delivered five years earlier than Jobs’ speech).

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ìFall down, make a mess, break something occasionally… that’s what I wish for all of you: the bad as well as the good…††I’ve dwelled on my failures today because, as graduates of Harvard, your biggest liability is your need to succeed.î


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Conan O’Brien’s 2000 Commencement Speech At Harvard

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On connecting the dots, love, loss, death, staying hungry, and staying foolish

THESE ARE †the subject matters of†Steve Jobs’†commencement speech that he delivered at†Stanford way back in 2005.


Last March 30 I promised to post some of my favorite commencement speeches in the spirit of the Graduation season (March-April) in the Philippines. †My first graduation speech posting is the one delivered by Ms. Mikaela Irene Fudolig, the 16-year-old (when she graduated) wonder girl of the University of the Philippines, in 2007.

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Here’s my second graduation speech posting. †Not necessarily my second favorite. †I’ve always been fascinated by Steve Jobs. †But I have to admit that this speech of his is as great as Steve Jobs himself. †Or maybe a bit greater… †

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I must have read this Steve Jobs classic half a dozen times already. †I’ve just read it again in the course of making this blog post. †I still enjoyed it immensely. †I am sure you will, too. Read more

Unforgettable graduation speech from a remarkable young lady

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I GOT reminded that Graduation Season is again upon us when I started seeing tarpaulins all around with congratulatory messages from politicians. †Oh well, Philippine politicians are already quite known for their ingenuity (or should I say, notoriety) in finding ways to campaign for their election bids long before it is legally allowed to campaign.

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But this blog post is neither about thick-skinned politicians nor about the forthcoming elections in 2010. †It’s graduation season so it should be a good opportunity to post some of my favorite commencement speeches collected from recent years. † Here’s the first of them.†

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I love this speech not so much for its message conveyed but for its messenger. †Ms. Mikaela Irene D. †Fudolig is an amazing young lady. †Ms. Fudolig, BS Physics with a GWA of 1.099, led the top honors and delivered this valedictory address on behalf of about 3,000 graduates of UP Diliman Class 2007.

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She was only 16 years old, the youngest student to be graduated by the University in the recent years and one of only two admitted to UPD without a high school diploma and without taking the UP College Admission Test. †She was only 11 years old and a sophomore at the Quezon City Science High School when she was granted permission to enroll at UPD as a non-degree student, having volunteered for a prototype Early College Placement Program the UPD College of Education was spearheading. After earning remarkable grades for an academic year, the Department of Education (DepEd) endorsed her admission to UPD, which was approved by the UP Board of Regents on May 30, 2003. †Her now immortal speech follows… Read more