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6 commencement speeches to inspire grads old and new

Posted May 17

Whether you graduated years ago or you're just finishing school, these commencement speeches are the inspiration you didn't even know your week needed. (Deseret Photo)

It's spring, the time of year when a new generation of young students leave their schooling behind to enter the workforce and begin their lives.

Whether you graduated years ago or you're just finishing school, these six commencement speeches are the inspiration you didn't even know your week needed. Congratulations, class of 2016!

"Acknowledge the obstacles. Don't give them power because, truly, a breakthrough mentality creates a breakthrough life."

Vernice Armour, first female African-American naval aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps, first female combat pilot in the U.S. armed forces, May 8, 2011.

"Don't let your fears overwhelm your desire. Let the barriers you face — and there will be barriers — be external, not internal."

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook chief operating officer and author of "Lean In," May 17, 2011.

"Don't bother telling the world you are ready. Show it. Do it."

Peter Dinklage, actor, "Game of Thrones," June 1, 2012.

"If you're too big for a small job, you're too small for a big one."

Katie Couric, broadcast journalist, May 10, 2014.

"Swear that you will make conscious choices and infuse your being in those ordinary moments so they might resound with your love."

Cory Booker, New Jersey senator, Pitzer College, May 19, 2010.

"I don't believe in luck. I believe in preparation."

Bobby Knight, college basketball coach, Trine University, 2010.

Email: chjohnson@deseretnews.com

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