Tom Hanks's Yale Commencement Speech

May 28, 2011

I'm back from my vacations, so let's get back to work !

On May 22, 2011 Tom Hanks gave the Commencement Speech at Yale University.
Tom Hanks addressed a crowd of thousands of Yale graduates, faculty, alumni & their families. Getting many laughs from the audience during his speech, he commented that students should "compare [their] Tweets & Facebook posts to see if anything memorable went down" during Senior Class Day.
He was wearing a cap since traditions for Yale's Senior Class Day include wearing funny hats. Tom Hanks's speech was "both funny and poignant" according HuffPost College. He talked about social networks, asking the students not to turn off their phones and other devices during the speech and talked also about the cyclical nature of existence.

"A sober look shows that just as the world has gotten to be a better place after all, it has also grown a bit worse, at the exact same rate."

You can watch Tom Hanks's entire speech in our archive. It's about 22-minute long. Enjoy !


We've also added photos of the ceremony in our gallery. You can click on the thumbnail to access the album.


Remember that you can also listen to his speech given at the Commencement Ceremony of Vassar College on May 22, 2005 in our audio clips.