9 Best Commencement Speeches Of 2012

The season is just coming to a close when the famous stand before seas of new graduates, and offer up the wisdom they've gleaned in their sparkling careers. So AOL Jobs thought it was only right that we watch the best round of commencement speeches of 2012; shed a couple tears; quickly wipe away those tears because we're sitting at our desks in the middle of a workday; and pass along the most notable advice.

Many of the speakers revealed that they didn't actually remember what their own commencement speakers had said, or even whom the speaker was, so they didn't really expect these graduates to either. But regardless, they doled out the advice they wish they'd had, the advice they wished they'd always kept close.

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Some of it is good advice for graduates on the cusp of their careers, but also for those of us already in the midst of a career, or hoping to start a second or third. Some is good advice for anybody anytime.

There were recurring themes in the speeches: find your passion and stick to it; be fearless and principled; and serve your community, your country, and your friends. Of course, they said all of that far more eloquently. So to hear the career advice of nine of this year's celebrity commencement speakers in their own words, check out our slide show below.

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Claire Gordon

Staff Writer

Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.

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