This is a reblog of a post I originally published in 2015.
As graduation season rolls around once again, I thought I would compile a list of videos that I’ve found over the years that eloquently describe the hopes and dreams I have for my students in the future. I’ve placed the length of each video beside it. Not all of these are graduation speeches, but they all give one or more of the following messages: Be Kind, Work Hard, and Make the Most of Your Time and Abilities. Most of these videos (and many more) can be found on my “Inspirational Videos for Students” Pinterest Board. As always, please preview any video before you show it to your students.
Making It from StoryCorps (2:43)
These last two are my all-time favorite videos to show departing students:
Jeff Bezos at Princeton (18:44 – his part starts around 6:27)
For more resources, Amy Borovoy curated a wonderful list last May for Edutopia. You can find it here.