Graduate Send-Off: 2014 Commencement Speakers

John Legend, T.J. Holmes, the Obamas, and more offer advice.

John Legend - Another graduation season is upon us. BET.com runs down prominent folks who are delivering commencement speeches in 2014. — Natelege Whaley   Singer John Legend returned to his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, on May 19 as commencement speaker. He received an honorary Doctor of Music.  (Photo: John Legend Via Instagram)

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John Legend - Another graduation season is upon us. BET.com runs down prominent folks who are delivering commencement speeches in 2014. — Natelege Whaley  Singer John Legend returned to his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, on May 19 as commencement speaker. He received an honorary Doctor of Music. (Photo: John Legend Via Instagram)

T.J. Holmes - Journalist T.J. Holmes delivered the commencement address for Clark Atlanta University on Monday, May 19.    (Photo: TJ Holmes via Twitter)

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T.J. Holmes - Journalist T.J. Holmes delivered the commencement address for Clark Atlanta University on Monday, May 19. (Photo: TJ Holmes via Twitter)

Standing by His Words - Holder said he would not walk back on a controversial Black History Month speech delivered in 2009, in which he called the U.S. a "nation of cowards" on the subject of race. "I think we are still a nation that is too afraid to confront racial issues," he said, and too rarely takes the time to engage "one another across the color line [to] talk about racial issues." (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was the commencement speaker at Morgan State University on May 17. "In the wake of Brown v. Board, people of all ages — and from every corner of our nation — were inspired and emboldened by the courage, the conviction, and the persistence of those who risked so much in the fight for freedom and justice. Today, as you walk across this stage, each of you will take your rightful place as heirs of these pioneers," said Holder.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sean Combs - Sean Combs, a.k.a. the man with ever-changing names, delivered the commencement speech and received an honorary doctorate at Howard University on Saturday, May 10. "I didn't take the conventional route back home. Sometimes I made you proud and sometimes I didn't. But I made the decision to keep going; to keep trying; even if it meant that sometimes I would fail!" he said. (Photo: Diddy Instagram)

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Sean Combs - Sean Combs, a.k.a. the man with ever-changing names, delivered the commencement speech and received an honorary doctorate at Howard University on Saturday, May 10. "I didn't take the conventional route back home. Sometimes I made you proud and sometimes I didn't. But I made the decision to keep going; to keep trying; even if it meant that sometimes I would fail!" he said. (Photo: Diddy Instagram)

One Step Forward - Jeh Johnson, Obama's pick to head the Department of Homeland Security, was well received during his Nov. 13 confirmation hearing. Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said, "I believe you will be confirmed" and that Johnson is smarter than most members of Congress. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Jeh Johnson - U.S. Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson returned to his alma mater ,Morehouse College, and led their commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Michelle Obama  - First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at Dillard University's 2014 commencement on May 10. “We’re the lucky ones and we can never forget that we didn’t get where we are today all on our own,” Obama said. “We got here today because of so many people who toiled and sweat and bled and died for us.” (Photo:Jonathan Bachman/AP Photo)

Gov. Deval Patrick - On May 9, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was the commencement speaker at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "Your education here at UMass is about more than being prepared to be good employees. It's about preparation for citizenship itself," Patrick told the graduates. (Photo: AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

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Gov. Deval Patrick - On May 9, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was the commencement speaker at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. "Your education here at UMass is about more than being prepared to be good employees. It's about preparation for citizenship itself," Patrick told the graduates. (Photo: AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

President Barack Obama - President Obama will be the commencement speaker at the University of California, Irvine on June 14.  (Photo: Ricardo Brazziell-Pool/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama - President Obama will be the commencement speaker at the University of California, Irvine on June 14. (Photo: Ricardo Brazziell-Pool/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller - Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson-Miller will be the commencement speaker at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, on May 24. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller - Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson-Miller will be the commencement speaker at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, on May 24. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

President Bill Clinton  - Former President Bill Clinton will make history as the first commencement speaker ever for New York University Abu Dabhi on May 25. (Photo: Niall Carson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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President Bill Clinton  - Former President Bill Clinton will make history as the first commencement speaker ever for New York University Abu Dabhi on May 25. (Photo: Niall Carson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Shonda Rhimes  - Shonda Rhimes will be speaking at the commencement ceremony for Dartmouth College on Sunday, June 8.   (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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Shonda Rhimes  - Shonda Rhimes will be speaking at the commencement ceremony for Dartmouth College on Sunday, June 8.   (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Theodore M. Shaw - Civil rights activist Theodore M. Shaw is giving the commencement speech at Wesleyan University on May 25.(Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

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Theodore M. Shaw - Civil rights activist Theodore M. Shaw is giving the commencement speech at Wesleyan University on May 25.(Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Wynton Marsalis - Musician Wynton Marsalis gave the commencement speech at Tulane University on May 17. (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

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Wynton Marsalis - Musician Wynton Marsalis gave the commencement speech at Tulane University on May 17. (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)