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Roger Federer’s Speech at 2024 Dartmouth Commencement (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Tennis great-turned-philanthropist Roger Federer’s speech at 2024 Dartmouth Commencement on June 9, 2024.

Listen to the audio version here:


Thank you, everybody. It’s great to see you, and hello, class of 2024. This is so exciting! It’s an incredible feeling to be here with you, and I am so excited to join you today.

Really, you have no idea how excited I am. Keep in mind, this is literally only the second time I’ve ever set foot on a college campus. Second time ever, but for some reason, you are giving me a doctorate degree. I just came here to give a speech, but I get to go home as Dr. Roger. That’s a pretty nice bonus, so Dr. Roger, this has to be my most unexpected victory ever. Thank you.

President Beilock, the board of trustees, faculty members: thank you for this honor. President Beilock, I’m incredibly grateful, and I’ll try my best not to choke.

Outside My Comfort Zone

I’m a little bit outside of my comfort zone today. This is not my usual scene, and these are not my usual clothes. Do you dress like this every day at Dartmouth?

The robe is hard to move in. Keep in mind, I’ve worn shorts almost every day for the last 35 years. I’m not a person who gives a lot of speeches like this, maybe the worst, but an important speech was when I started on the Swiss national team.

I was only 17 years old, and I was so nervous. I couldn’t even say more than four words: “Happy to be here.” Well, here we are, 25 years later, and I still feel a little nervous, but I’ve got a lot more than four words to say to you, starting with “I’m happy to be here.”

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