Sorkin commencement

My nephew Max was one of millions of university students celebrating their 2020 commencements virtual (his included) a virtual showcase of his final project (furniture made from recycled waste coax cable). Commencement season is a regular opportunity to explore the theme of “embracing failure” as a counterfoil to this celebration of success (others include “Change the World”, “Don’t Give Up” and “Work Hard”). As such, commencement speeches have regularly featured here. So, for all the virtual graduates, here is a collection of my Top 10 Commencement Speeches on Embracing Failure to binge on during pre-employed lock-down:

  1. JK Rowling, Harvard University
  2. Conan O’Brien, Dartmouth University
  3. Steve Jobs, Stanford University
  4. Barney Frank, Harvard University
  5. Neil Gaiman, University of the Arts
  6. Jon Lovett, Pitzer College
  7. David McCullough, Wellesley High School
  8. Oprah Winfrey, Harvard University
  9. Tim Minchin, University of Western Australia
  10. Barack Obama, University of Southern New Hampshire