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8 impressive graduation speeches: A slideshow
Across the country, big-name speakers like Conan O'Brien and Denzel Washington provoked thought, elicited laughter, and inspired new graduates
 
Dartmouth College graduation 2011 CC BY: Dartmouth Flickr Joseph Mehling '69

School is pretty much out for summer, and swarms of new college and high school graduates have been thrust into the "real world." But first, with graduation day came commencement speeches. While many long-winded orators might have put grandma to sleep and sent kid brothers reaching for iPhones, some keynote speakers delivered real stemwinders. Here, eight of this year's most noteworthy addresses to new graduates:

 

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