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Commencement speeches by queer celebrities

Classes have ended for the majority of Canadian university and college students, but high school pupils will have to sweat it out for a few more weeks.

If you’re a queer try-hard who will be delivering your graduating class’s commencement speech, you can find inspiration from one of the many gay and lesbian celebrities who have talked up tomorrow’s movers and shakers.

From Jane Lynch’s humble and hilarious 2012 Smith College speech to Anderson Cooper’s 2010 Tulane delivery, personal stories usually play best with no-longer-undergrad audiences.

Rachel Maddow, Smith College, 2010

Jane Lynch, Smith College, 2012

Anderson Cooper, Tulane, 2010

Ellen DeGeneres, Tulane, 2009 
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