Milton Friedman, Joan Didion and the Class of 1975

Commencement addresses that stand the test of time.

Waiting for the entertainment.

Photographer: Michael Okoniewski/Bloomberg

Is the commencement speech a dying art? It’s certainly thriving as a form of entertainment, at least to judge from the interest in who’s speaking where. You can find a short list of "the 20 schools with the coolest graduation speakers of 2015” on the website Total Sorority Move. (Barack Obama came in second, behind Bill Nye, "the Science Guy," and ahead of Matthew McConaughey.)

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