Scribd readers choose best graduation speech of all time

June 24, 2009 • in the news • Views: 77

Last week we highlighted the most famous college graduation speeches on Scribd and had you vote for your favorite. After receiving many impassioned responses and some good write-in nominations (e.g. David Foster Wallace), a single winner emerged.

With 38% of the vote, Steve Jobs’s 2005 speech at Stanford University was the clear Scribd favorite. Conan O’Brien’s address to Harvard Class of 2000 was runner up with 17% of the vote, and Bill Gates came in third with 11% favoriting his 2007 Harvard University address.

Here’s how the rest fared:

4.  Jon Stewart — 9%

5.  Other — 8%

6.  Michelle Obama — 6%

7.  Tim O’Reilly — 5%

8.  Larry Page — 4%

9. John Legend — 2%