From Oprah to Ryan Seacrest, 2016 Commencement Speakers Are Majorly Motivating Us to Push Through Finals

Summer is near and that means it's grad time for students across the globe. 

Graduation is the perfect time to reflect on what you've learned, celebrate your accomplishments and look forward with hope and excitement for the adventures ahead!

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2016 commencement speeches so far have been hosted by some of the most notable speakers—we're talking Obama and Oprah, people—with the most motivational messages.

A theme that has streamed throughout the speeches this year, is that even when the going gets tough, don't give up.

Challenges are what make us who we are! So whether you're dealing with friend troubles, family woes or the stress of finals, know that you can push through with a little help from these wise speakers and their insightful advice. You've got this, girls! ?


Who: President Barack Obama

Where: Rutgers University

"Don't lose hope if sometimes you hit a roadblock. Don't lose hope in the face of naysayers … As a friend of mine who happens to be from New Jersey—a guy named Bruce Springsteen—once sang, 'They spend their lives waiting for a moment that just don't come.' Don't let that be you. Don't waste your time waiting."

@POTUS gave the Class of 2016 "a few suggestions on how you can change the world" @rucommencement @rutgersu

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Who: Radio Personality and Former Host of American Idol, Ryan Seacrest

Where: Georgia University

"Make sure you happen to the day instead of it happening to you, but no matter the circumstances, you still only get one shot to make a day that matters."

congrats @universityofga class of 2016. Go Dawgs! #UGA16

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Who: Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg

Where: University of California, Berkeley

"The easy days ahead of you will be easy. It is the hard days—the times that challenge you to your very core—that will determine who you are. You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive."

Sheryl Sandberg's Commencement Speech

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Who: Seattle Seahawks Quarterback, Russell Wilson

Where: University of Wisconsin

"When life tells you no, ask yourself honestly: What am I capable of? And once you know the answer, don't be afraid to let everyone else know it, too."


Who: Actress, Producer and Philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey

Where: Johnson C. Smith University

"Every stumble is not a fall, and every fall does not mean failure. Prepare yourself for what you're going to do, how you will 'get still' and know the next right move when the mistake happens. Because being human means you will make mistakes."


Awesome advice to kickstart an amazing summer, right? Speaking of summer, did you check out these 8 unbelievably gorgeous places to camp on your next vacation HERE?