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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