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Oprah Winfrey’s 2008 Stanford Commencement Address

Oprah Winfrey, global media leader and philanthropist, spoke to the Class of 2008 at Stanford’s 117th Commencement on June 15, 2008. Winfrey drew on experiences from a career that began in 1976 when she co-anchored a television newscast, and she shared three lessons about feelings, failure and finding happiness. Transcript of Oprah Winfrey’s commencement address: news-service.stanford.edu Stanford University channel on YouTube: www.youtube.com

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25 Responses to Oprah Winfrey’s 2008 Stanford Commencement Address

  1. xXThesticlerXx March 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    How to High Five Oprah like a boss

  2. MickyMcMicky April 3, 2011 at 4:21 am #

    life is now.

  3. CannibalTr0ll April 7, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    What did Oprah do that was inspiring. I’m confused.

  4. pammy77boo April 12, 2011 at 1:10 am #

    This was a very encouraging video for me!!!!!

  5. 1stPlaceDirector April 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    @matling Most of these people don’t need to be given a car. Most could probably give help to someone else less fortunate.

  6. Vivamamaafrika April 18, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    After watching Steve Jobs commencement address; Oprah’s opening speech was so boring! Who cares about her God Child?

  7. hortonwho22 May 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    Oprah always manages to make it about her. You’d think with her level of success she’d move beyond it.

  8. maccamark01 May 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Fantastic commencement address! Well done Oprah!

  9. andydidyouhear May 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Steve 1 Oprah 0

  10. Chhaya9 May 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Love the reaction of the girl at 17:24 :D

  11. TheLego1man May 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Hey Oprah, can you give me $100.000k?

  12. 670Kiester May 13, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    Oprah used to have cred way back , she was about changing systems, now it’s celebs and other bullshit, changing yourself to cope within the systems, a total reversal.

  13. SanneMusic May 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Wow, if I had known failure is a life’s way of saying to change course before.. that would’ve saved me a lot of thinking :) But eventually I’ve changed course and I think I’m going to be happy!

  14. TheRockZH May 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Global media leader. LOL She is a non-factor in Europe

  15. ProfCantonius May 27, 2011 at 3:44 am #

    can you explain this to me??

  16. thuaners May 29, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    @nicole1007n i totally agree! :) she has a lot of wisdom! i loved watching her very final episode of her tv show also… it was really good to watch.

  17. iluvtiesto503 May 30, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    @hortonwho22 most commencement speeches are also about the speakers background and the lessons they’ve learned which have brought them success. she is sharing valuable life lessons with these students.

  18. Priyankapuri May 30, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Daniel Pink!!! yesss i love this

  19. TheGodOfPegana May 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    @Vivamamaafrika This isn’t a competition. I’m going to watch Jobs’ one in a minute, but Oprah’s really spoke to me. I found it very enlightening and wise. You can tell she’s been there and seen it.

  20. xylojet May 31, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    that speech was sublime

  21. catkingcat June 3, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    And you get a diploma! and You get a diploma, and You and you and you!

  22. JohnGuitarSolo June 10, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    I remember when she spoke @ Connecticut

    Inspirational

  23. cootieof03 June 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    c/o of 2008 Stanford is so lucky!

  24. anonnemus June 16, 2011 at 3:35 am #

    @JohnF30Music pretty proud of your IQ of 51, aren’t you?

  25. GirlyBrit21 June 18, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    she should have said, “Also, the cars wouldn’t have fit under all your seats.”

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