Data Set NPR's commencement speech database

Published on May 23rd, 2014 | by


240 Years of Commencement Speeches in One Database

NPR compiled 316 commencement speeches going back to 1774 and made them available in a public database. The speeches, which can be sorted by themes including “Embrace failure,” “Work hard,” and “YOLO,” span speakers from a wide variety of fields, from Al Gore to Ali G. Users can also search by name, school, or year.  Although the data is not available for bulk download, each speech is displayed with a key quote, which can be shared on social media.

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