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16 Epic Graduation Fails

These grads’ first steps into the real world were not good.

1. “You’re going to fall down…”

—Aaron Sorkin, from his commencement address at Syracuse University, 2012

2. “Life is not easy for anyone.”

—Hillary Clinton, from her commencement speech at SUNY Buffalo, 2006

3. “Have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect…”

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—Katie Couric, from her commencement speech at Williams College, 2007

4. “Maybe there’ll be time for a do-over if you don’t get it right the first time.”

—Elizabeth Edwards, from her commencement speech at Meredith College, 2007

5. “There is nothing more beautiful than finding your course…”

—Jodie Foster, from her commencement address at University of Pennsylvania, 2006

6. “And now go, and make interesting mistakes…”

—Neil Gaiman, from his commencement speech at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, 2012

7. “There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized.”

—Conan O’Brien, from his commencement speech at Dartmouth College, 2011

8. “In life, the things that go wrong are often the very things that lead to other things going right.”

—Arianna Huffington, from her commencement address to Sarah Lawrence College, 2011

9. “There is no straight path…”

—Sheryl Sandberg, from her commencement speech at Harvard University, 2014

10. “I’m going to hazard a guess and say that things totally didn’t turn out like you expected.”

—Adam Savage, from his commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, 2012

11. “Your generation has made giant strides…”

—Gloria Steinem, from her commencement address at Smith College, 2007

12. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward…”

—Steve Jobs, from his commencement speech at Stanford University, 2005

13. “Take your risks now…”

—Amy Poehler, from her commencement speech at Harvard University, 2011

14. “Just imagine the kind of impact you’re going to make.”

—Michelle Obama, from her commencement speech at Dillard University, 2014

15. “You must exercise great care.”

—Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), from his commencement address at Lake Forest College, 1977

16. “You will at some point fall…”

—Oprah Winfrey, from her commencement address at Harvard University, 2013

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