Mindy Kaling’s 2018 Commencement Speech at Dartmouth (Full Transcript)

So if I could impart any advice, it’s this. If you have a checklist, good for you. Structured ambition can sometimes be motivating. But also, feel free to let it go.

Yes, my culminating advice from my speech is a song from the Disney animated movie Frozen.

I’ve covered a lot of ground today, not all of it was serious, but I wanted to leave you with this. I was not someone who should have the life I have now and yet I do.

I was sitting in the chair you are literally sitting in right now and I just whispered “Why not me?” And I kept whispering it for 17 years and here I am, someone that this school deemed worthy enough to speak to you at your commencement.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, but especially not yourself. Go conquer the world. Just remember this. Why not you? You made it this far.

Thank you very much and congratulations to the class of 2018.

 

Resources for Further Reading:

Ellen DeGeneres’ 2009 Commencement Speech at Tulane University (Full Transcript)

Conan O’Brien’s Dartmouth Commencement Speech 2011 (Full Transcript)

Oprah Winfrey Speech at Harvard Commencement 2013 (Full Transcript)

Admiral William H. McRaven’s 2014 Commencement Address at University of Texas at Austin (Transcript)

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