Jodie Foster<br>University of Pennsylvania
Excerpt: "Lose yourself in the music, the moment, you own it, you better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow, this opportunity comes once in a lifetime," Foster, singing lyrics from Eminem's "Lose Yourself."
Photo: Actress Jodie Foster delivers the University of Pennsylvania commencement speech at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Monday, May 15, 2006.
Credit: AP Photo/Matt Rourke
Archbishop Desmond Tutu<br>William & Mary, Va.
Excerpt: "Please help me so that we can turn this world into a more compassionate and caring world. Please. I have no one except yourselves."
Photo: Archbishop Desmond Tutu gives the commencement address for The College of William and Mary graduates, Sunday, May 14, 2006, in Williamsburg, Va.
Credit: AP/Daily Press, H. Hughes
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton<br>C.W. Post, N.Y.
Excerpt: "I am so proud to be among the very first to wish you well as you leave this beautiful campus as you travel in a hundred, a thousand different directions."
Photo: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) delivers the commencement address at Long Island University's C.W. Post campus in Brookville, N.Y., on Sunday, May 14, 2006.
Credit: AP/The New York Times
Fmr. Presidents Bush & Clinton<br>Tulane U., La.
Excerpts: " ... in the aftermath of Katrina, the world is seeing the essence of American spirit ... " Former President George H.W. Bush
"Life's like that. It's always about new beginnings. I wish you many." Former President Bill Clinton
Photo: Former Presidents Bush and Clinton smile after receiving honorary degrees at Tulane University in New Orleans, Saturday May 13, 2006.
Credit: AP Photo/Alex Brandon
Bill Cosby<br>Spelman College, Ga.
Excerpt: "You have to know that it is time for you all to take charge. You have to seriously see yourselves not as the old women where the men stood in front and you all stood behind, because the men, most of them are in prison."
Photo: Entertainer Bill Cosby addresses the audience at Spelman College commencement exercises, Sunday, May 14, 2006, at The Cathedral at Chapel Hill in Decatur, Ga.
Credit: AP/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sen. John McCain<br>Liberty University, Va.
Excerpt: "Americans deserve more than tolerance from one another, we deserve each other's respect ... "
Photo: Sen. John McCain, right, R-Ariz., speaks during Liberty University's commencement Saturday, May 13, 2006, in Lynchburg, Va., as the Rev. Jerry Falwell listens.
Credit: AP/The News & Advance, L. Gardner
Melissa Etheridge<br>Berklee Coll. of Music, Mass.
Excerpt: "Whether you are singing, whether you are wrapping your arms around your instrument and playing it, whether you are listening to it and mixing it ... you were given this gift. You were chosen."
Photo: Commencement speaker Melissa Etheridge, left, and Aretha Franklin during ceremonies at the Berklee College of Music, Saturday, May 13, 2006, in Boston.
Credit: AP Photo/Lisa Poole
Katie Couric<br>University of Oklahoma
Excerpt: "In a funny way, at this moment in time, we're all in the same boat. We're about to step out into the unknown ... Like you, I'm about to leave my comfort zone and step into something completely undiscovered."
Photo: Katie Couric deliver's the 2006 commencement address at the University of Oklahoma, Friday, May 12, 2006 in Norman, Okla.
Credit: AP Photo/Ty Russell
Sam Waterston<br>Green Mountain College, Vt.
Excerpt: Waterston urged graduates to work hard to protect the environment over the next two decades because he believes that will be a pivotal time for the world. Green Mountain College heavily emphasizes environmental education in its curriculum.
Photo: Actor Sam Waterston gives the commencement address Saturday, May 13, 2006, at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt.
Credit: AP/Green Mountain College
Leslie Moonves<br>Boston University, Mass.
Excerpt: "Being open helped greatly change the fortunes of me, my company and all of television .... Always keep your options and your heart open,"
Photo: Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp., right, views Boston University's commencement program with his wife, Julie Chen, CBS anchor of The Early Show, left, at BU in Boston, Sunday, May 14, 2006. Moonves delivered the commencement address.
Credit: AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki
President Bush<br>Miss. Gulf Coast Comm. College
Excerpt: "I urge you to take the same determination you brought to rebuilding schools and use it to ensure that every school provides a good education -- use that same bravery it takes to rescue people from water to rescue communities from poverty."
Photo: President Bush speaks at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Biloxi, Miss., Thursday, May 11, 2006.
Credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Porter Goss<br>Tiffin University, Ohio
Excerpt: Goss got laughs when he said that if he were addressing a graduating class of CIA case officers, he'd advise them, "Admit nothing, deny everything, and make counteraccusations."
Photo: Outgoing Director of the CIA Porter Goss smiles while walking into Tiffin University's 118th Undergraduate Commencement, Saturday, May 6, 2006, in Tiffin, Ohio.
Credit: AP Photo/Madalyn Ruggiero
Rep. Rose DeLauro<br>University of Connecticut
Excerpt: "And so today, I ask you to turn off your iPods for a moment, and think about the stake you have in the challenges we face."
Photo: Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., gestures to graduates as she delivers the commencement address at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., Sunday, May 7, 2006.
Credit: AP Photo/Jessica Hill
Pres. Martin Torrijos, Panama<br>Texas A&M Univ.
Excerpt: "As you, when I graduated I was full of pride and at the same time full of questions and concerns. At that time I did not have a job. Now I believe I have a pretty decent one."
Photo: Panama's President Martin Torrijos Espino speaks during commencement ceremonies Friday, May 12, 2006, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Credit: AP Photo/Paul Zoeller
Gen. Peter Pace<br>The Citadel, S.C.
Excerpt: "Your country needs you. We are at war. ... I promise you that when you put your hand in the air and take that oath, you will never regret having done so."
Photo: In this photo made available by the Citadel, General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff, speaks during commencement exercises, in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, May 6, 2006.
Credit: AP/The Citadel, Post and Courier
Chief Justice John Roberts<br>Georgetown U.
Excerpt: "Division should not be artificially suppressed, but the rule of law benefits from a broader agreement. The broader the agreement among the justices, the more likely it is a decision on the narrowest possible grounds."
Photo: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks to the 2006 graduating class of the Georgetown University School of Law on May 21, 2006.
Lance Armstrong<br>Tufts University
Excerpt: "For a guy who barely made it out of high school, I find it incredibly ironic that I am standing up here as a doctor."
Photo: Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France champion, is hooded while he receives an honorary doctorate of humane letters during Tufts University's 150th commencement in Somerville, Mass., May 21, 2006.
John Negroponte <br>Delaware State
Excerpt: "No international problem can be solved without international cooperation" (singling out terrorism, AIDS, poverty and protection of the ecosystem).
Photo: National Intelligence Director John Negroponte addresses graduates and guests at Delaware State University on May 21, 2006, in Dover, Del.
Harper Lee<br>Notre Dame
Excerpt: From Notre Dame Web site: "Pulitzer Prize-winner Harper Lee, author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' was astonished but delighted when, upon being called to be hooded, almost every graduate stood up and held up a paperback copy of her great work."
Photo: Students hold up copies of the famous book by Harper Lee, standing in the center, May 21, 2006.