Commencement address

A commencement address is a speech made to the graduating class of an educational institution, typically a university. It is generally meant to both offer congratulations to the class on their hard work and provide some kind of introduction to the adult life that the students will begin.

The educational institution often invites a celebrity to make the speech - for example people who are well-known within politics or business. But even though the speaker might be a politician, the rhetorical situation is not necessarily political, as the purpose of a commencement address is usually to let the speaker share her life experience and values, and give the students some advice for their future lives.

One of the most famous commencement addresses was made by the founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, on 12th of June, 2005, to the graduating class of Stanford University. The spe...

The text shown above is just an extract. Only members can read the full content.

Get access to the full Study Guide.

As a member of, you get access to all of the content.

Sign up now

Already a member? Log in