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    Actor Steve Carell addresses the class of 2012 at Princeton University during Class Day ceremonies in Princeton, N.J., June 4, 2012. "We have lost touch with our simpler selves, and by 'we,' I mean you," Carell told the students. "You are young, and because of that, you are wrong."
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    Comedian Andy Samberg speaks before an audience during Harvard Class Day exercises on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass., May 23, 2012. The event is part of the school's commencement ceremonies.
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    Broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff delivers his address to the graduates during the Boston College Commencement ceremony at Alumni Stadium on the university's campus in Boston, May 21, 2012.
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    Journalist and author Katie Couric speaks at the University of Virginia commencement exercises, May 20, 2012, in Charlottesville, Va.
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    Oprah Winfrey delivers the commencement address to the Spelman College class of 2012, May 20, 2012.
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    Jane Lynch speaks at Smith College's 134th commencement ceremony, May 20, 2012.
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    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair shakes hands with a Colby College graduate after giving the commencement address, May 20, 2012, in Waterville, Maine.
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    Adam Savage speaks to the graduating class at Sarah Lawrence College, may 18, 2012.
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    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke at the 2012 New York University Commencement on May 16 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. "Just keep dreaming," she told the students, "and keep enjoying the process of new discoveries."
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    President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address to students at Barnard College, an all-women's school on the campus of Columbia University in New York on May 14. "Don't just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table," Obama told the graduating class. <a href="http://youtu.be/uKBzMKYD384" target="external">CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO</a>
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    Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter, producer and playwright, addressed Syracuse University's graduating class on May 13 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. "The world doesn't care how many times you fall down, as long as it's one fewer than the number of times you get back up," he said. <a href="http://youtu.be/hwvilfPWHYI" target="external">CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO</a>
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    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered the commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on May 13. "No plan for the rest of your life ever works out the way you thought it would," Bloomberg said. "Do what you love; find a way to get paid for it." <a href="http://youtu.be/iqsGEJ3Irz4" target="external">CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO</a>
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    Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered the keynote address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on May 12. "Moral certainty, clear standards, and a commitment to spiritual ideals will set you apart in a world that searches for meaning," Romney told the students. <a href="http://youtu.be/CBCr4pBq5I8" target="external">CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO</a>
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    Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, delivered the commencement address at Rice University on May 12. He urged the students to do everything they can to "increase the net happiness in the world."
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    Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt addressed the 2012 graduating class at the University of California, Berkeley. "Yes is what keeps us all young. Yes is a very tiny word that allows you to do very, very big things," Schmidt said. This photo is from Schmidt's 2005 speech at the UC Berkeley College of Engineering graduation.
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    First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote address at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. on May 11. "The truth is, there will be people who judge you based on one isolated incident," Obama said. "People can only define you if you let them. In the end it's up to each of you to define yourselves." <a href="http://abcn.ws/LOpY1k">CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO</a>
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    ABC News anchor Christiane Amanpour delivered the commencement address at the University of Southern California on May 11. "My most fervent hope is that you will find a passion," Amanpour told the students. "Unless you love what you do, you can't really be good at what you do."
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    Jill Biden gave the commencement speech at Broward College on May 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "You have a whole world in front of you, and the determination to take you anywhere you want to go," Biden told the students.
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    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was given an honorary degree and spoke to the graduating class at Northeastern University's commencement ceremony. "We can't sit around waiting for Superman to come save the day. We the people are the super men and super women," Powell said. <a href="http://youtu.be/xtf6VQSBJAs" target="external">CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO</a>
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