A good graduation speech should be funny, wise, creative, and inspiring, and these celebrities managed to check off all the boxes when they stood at the podium. This month, Kerry Washington and Ben Affleck addressed graduates after receiving their own honorary degrees, following in the footsteps of several stars who have delivered memorable speeches through the years. In 2003, Will Ferrell channeled "Frank the Tank" when he spoke at Harvard, and Tom Hanks brought his Hollywood insights to Yale in 2011. To celebrate graduation season, get inspired by watching these thoughtful celebrity commencement speeches!
Graduating from preschool or kindergarten may not be quite on par with high school and college, but for the little one who's finishing up in his or her first classroom, it's an occasion worth celebrating. Commemorate your child's very first graduation day with a special gift. We've rounded up 10 of our favorites to make shopping a breeze. Hats off to the graduate!
If there's one thing photographers can't get enough of, it's photo accessories to make them better shooters. Whether it's a new set of lenses or a camera bag that will get them excited about taking pictures, no small gift will go unused. For the photographer in your life who is fresh off the school boat, gift her with one of these photog essentials and consider your "thank you" all the awesome shots she'll soon be posting.
For every child who's had a great school year, there's a teacher (or two!) who deserves some gratitude and thanks. Tap into your creative side and gift them with something really thoughtful this year. We've come up with eight ways to say "We appreciate you!" that they're likely to enjoy both in and out of the classroom.
Happy graduation, class of 2013! Here's a little inspirational oomph to guide you on your next journey. Click through to watch famous commencement speeches given by influential science, tech, and geek pop culture leaders, including Steve Jobs, Marissa Mayer, and the Neils (Gaiman and deGrasse Tyson).
Eva Longoria has gone to the top of the class! Yesterday, Eva kicked up her heels after accepting her master's degree in Chicano studies from California State University, Northridge. She adds the degree to her bachelor of science in kinesiology, which she received while at Texas A&M University-Kingsville before heading to Hollywood. Eva reportedly started the advanced program while working on ABC's Desperate Housewives, even completing some schoolwork while on set. To celebrate her accomplishments, check out other actresses who have impressive degrees, including self-described "super academic" Rebel Wilson and supermom Jennifer Garner.
If you're pounding the pavement in search of a better (or even your first) job, it's only a matter of time before you're called in for a job interview. And believe it or not, your beauty look has a lot to do with whether or not you land your dream job.
The key is to understand the importance of first impressions. Your goal should be to convey your competence, neatness, and attention to detail — and all of those things can be communicated through your appearance. More importantly, when you feel confident about your appearance, you'll be able to focus on presenting your qualifications and experience. So for some practical tips that you can use before your next job interview, just keep reading.
Help ease the transition from college to the real world by gifting your recent grad with a present that'll help them as they go about building the adult life they've been dreaming of. A freshly printed degree and magna cum laude status are nice, sure, but when it comes to nailing the big interview, a perfect pump or smart blazer can be just as important.
Lucky magazine is one of our favorite sources for great shopping tips. We're thrilled to share this fabulous story from our friends at Lucky!
Getting a diploma is exciting, but so is unwrapping the congratulatory presents that come with it. That is, until you come across one of these things below, which are basically the opposite of superpretty interview shoes and envelopes laced with $20 bills. Instead, they're either boring or bizarre graduation presents (or just not occasion-appropriate), and we wouldn't suggest buying any of them for a recent grad. Unless, of course, that graduate is really obsessed with snow globes, in which case, more power to you.
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It's graduation season! While all this cap-and-gown talk makes me remember my own graduations, it also brings up vivid memories of the commencements I wish I was a part of from my favorite movies and TV shows. Then there are those groups I'd just want to hang with (I'm looking at you, Brat Pack) before its members head off to find jobs or go to college. Check out all the most memorable graduations from the big and small screens.