The incredible Maria Popova of Brainpickings blog fame, who shares the vast array of work from the most interesting people on the planet, put together a curated list of "the best commencement addresses of all time." Wow. In the readlist below you will find links to speeches by everyone from Debbie Millman to Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs to Barack Obama—and a host of other artists/thinkers, past and present. Often you'll find audio and/or video of the speeches, along with the full or partial texts.
I wonder what it will be like to listen to them end to end? I'll let you know because that's what I'm going to do (like watching whole television seasons on Netflix!)