Best Graduation Speeches

Cheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and author of best-seller, “Lean-In” addressed the 2016 graduating class of The University of California, Berkeley, in a commencement speech on Saturday that is not to be missed.   She spoke candidly about the loss of her husband, Dave, and the deep haze and depression she felt after his death.  She spoke of what it means to bounce back from incredible tragedy, how she was slow at first, how she focused on gratitude next, and how she is feeling today.  The issue she said, is not if you will experience tragedy in your life, but when.  It reaches us all.  It’s what we can learn from during those dark times that make us great, that make us stronger.

Appropriately, this is a great graduation speech. As relatively young students embark on their next journey, they are bound to face adversity and they will not always succeed. They will fail.

“And when the challenges come, I hope you remember that anchored deep within you is the ability to learn and grow,” spoke Sandberg. “You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it. In that process you will figure out who you really are — and you just might become the very best version of yourself.”

How are you honoring the Graduate in your life? Do you know someone who is graduating high school or college? Be sure to send them a card. Include some inspiring messages, some wisdom, some encouragement. You don’t have to preach and “know-it-all” – as no one really does.  But you have got this! You have learned a thing or two in your life.

What’s your advise?  Right it down. Send it off to the graduate in your life.  Honor them and inspire. Just like we were inspired by Sheryl Sandberg in this address. Finish your letter with a beautiful return address stamp and seal your thoughtful gesture.  Pop on over to shop personalized self-inking stamps if you need one.  Remember that everyone faces challenges in their life and everyone will have to bounce back.

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A toast from Simply Stamps to all the graduates out there!


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