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Oprah Winfrey And Bill Gate´S Commencement Speeches At Harvard

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The commencement ceremony encourages each student’s search for knowledge. It often includes a speech which seeks to put their recent hard work into the context of their future. Oprah Winfrey’s Harvard commencement speech and Bill Gates’s Harvard commencement speech both give Harvard graduates important advice for the future. While there are differences between Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gate’s commencement speeches at Harvard, they both agree that students should find a purposeful cause in their lives and find the solution. Both speeches are full of ideas that are geared to motivate the graduates, help them set goals, and strive for things in life. The speeches give them a message to takeaway ...view middle of the document...

They will one day run our companies and government agencies and what they do with it can change the world for the better or worse. He is motivating them to achieve greatness because it’s what expected of them.
Both Winfrey and Gates talk about the importance for being a philanthropist. Winfrey started the Angel Network which not just helped change the lives of those who were helped, but also the lives of the people helping. She talked about how much she liked helping people, and stated “don’t expect the clarity to come all at once, to know your purpose right away, but what became clear to me was that I was here on Earth to use television and not be used by it.” She has used her success to change people lives for the better when so many other celebrities have not. She is a woman that all young girls should have as a role model. Gates also liked to tackle the problems of people in need he said that “If we can really see a problem, which is the first step, we come to the second step: cutting through the complexity to find a solution” (Gates, 2013). He believes that finding the solution is essential to not wasting caring about a cause. He thinks on such a global scale that when he tackles an injustice or a problem he puts everything into it. He wants to battle the inequalities in the world, and was appalled about how child in other countries died from simple diseases just because of money. He believes that equality is not just something that we should strive for in American, but something that should be sought out for everyone.
Both Oprah and Gates want the graduates to...

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