6 Ways to Make a Commencement Speech Soar

"Commencement speeches," the cartoonist Garry Trudeau once quipped, "were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated."

Perhaps that's why so many commencement speakers feel duty bound to tell the graduates that they have no recollection of who spoke at their own commencement. But there's no reason this year's speakers must make the same mistakes that relegated their predecessors to