2014 Commencement Speeches

Around this time every year, we always love sharing with you some of the college commencement speeches going viral. One of the most popular ones this year comes from Charlie Day, an actor and one of the co-creators of FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Speaking at his alma mater, Merrimack College, we couldn’t help but notice how much of Day’s speech was reminiscent of Conan O’Brien’s speech at Dartmouth College a few years back. We have previously deemed Conan’s speech the single funniest college commencement speech in history. There are indeed some lines in Day’s speech that very clearly take inspiration from Conan’s speech…especially towards the beginning. If you’re curious, have a look and compare the speeches. Day even says later on in the speech that when he was tasked with writing a commencement speech, he listened to the speeches of other celebrities. The first person speech he mentions? Conan’s Dartmouth speech. We don’t think that’s any coincidence but have a look for yourself! And, in our opinion, Day’s speech isn’t half as good in spite of it going viral.

Here’s Day’s speech:

Here’s Conan’s speech from a few years back:

And here are some other 2014 commencement speeches

Katie Couric’s speech at American University:

Sean Combs’ speech at Howard University:

Admiral William H. McRaven’s speech at the University of Texas at Austin. Hook ’em Horns, Admiral!:


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