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2016 commencement speeches: Wisdom and wit

2016 commencement speeches: Wisdom and wit

In the business of annual commencement speeches — in which the very accomplished are tasked with imparting their wisdom to young, fresh-faced upstarts — it doesn't get more simple than this:

"Life is like the 'Star Wars' movies. Some of it is great. Some of it sucks, but you have no choice but to sit through all of it, very similar to the commencement speech you are listening to right now." So goes the wisdom of actor Hank Azaria, the voice of the Comic Book Guy on "The Simpsons."

Azaria, giving the commencement speech at Tufts University in May, was among a long string of achievers who shared their life lessons with 2016 graduates using humor, wit,...