Best Commencement Speeches Of All Time [VIDEO]

David Foster Wallace gives commencement speech
David Foster Wallace gives commencement speech

Take action, serve, and be nice. Those are the career and life lesson take-aways from 99 percent of all commencement speeches ever. But when it comes to winning a majority hungover crowd, a speech needs to have an extra edge -- berate the new graduates, for example, outline a transformative new political doctrine, or simply break everybody's heart.

In honor of this year's commencement season, here are some of the greatest speeches ever given from the graduation podium. And many of them offer advice of use to people of all stages of their careers.