Celebrities have been donning robes and giving commencement speeches for years. But when NPR looked at a bunch of noteworthy past addresses, it spied a pattern: The speakers often mentioned their age, told graduates to follow their hearts, and yelled out “BOOYAKASHA!” Or maybe that was just Ali G. The point is, the news organization found enough footage to compile a mashup guide to giving the ultimate commencement speech.
In a little under three minutes, the video features wise words from Amy Poehler (“Every single thing you see in movies is real,” she deadpans) to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo (“When I was your age, we didn’t have the internet in our pants”) to Joss Whedon (“You are all going to die” – nice reminder, Joss!).
Need more inspiration? NPR also made an app that collects the best commencement speeches dating back to 1774, complete with a search function that allows you to find addresses based on speaker, school, and year. Good luck on not spending the rest of your day browsing it – we’re all graduating college seniors at heart, right?