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.
240 Years of Commencement Speeches in One Database
Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.
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