The 10 Funniest Lines Ever from Celebrity Commencement Speeches

When celebs address a graduating class, you can expect some LOL moments. These golden nuggets of humor were as appreciated as the pearls of wisdom.

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Great opening

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"Friends, Romans, countrymen: Lend me your beers." —Amy Poehler at Harvard University, 2011. Great opening, right? For more laughs, check out the opening line of this one.

Funny because it's true

Tatiana Ayazo/Rd.com "You are graduating from college. That means that this is the first day of the last day of your life. No, that's wrong. This is the last day of the first day of school. Nope, that's worse. This is a day." —Andy Samberg at Harvard University, 2012. You can find more funny true stories here.

Good advice for the talkative

Tatiana Ayazo/Rd.com "You're a good kid, but you need to learn when to stop talking." —John Green on the best advice ever given to him, at the Kenyon College, 2016. Thank you, John Green, for making us laugh, instead of cry this time!

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Good advice, but only if it applies

Tatiana Ayazo/Rd.com "Now I usually try not to give advice. Information, yes, advice, no. But, what has worked for me may not work for you. Well, take for instance what has worked for me. Wigs. Tight clothes. Push-up bras." —Dolly Parton at the University of Tennessee, 2009

Good advice if you trust your source

Tatiana Ayazo/Rd.com "Celebrities give too much advice, and people listen to it too much. In Hollywood, we all think we're these wise advice givers, and most of us have no education whatsoever." —Mindy Kaling at Harvard Law School, 2014. But seriously, Kaling has some great advice for teens.

Don't try this at home, kids

Tatiana Ayazo/Rd.com "To those of you who received honors, awards, and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too, can be president of the United States." —George W. Bush at Southern Methodist University 2015.

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Make your parents proud

Tatiana Ayazo/Rd.com "No doubt some of you will turn out to be crooks! But white-collar stuff—Wall Street, ya' know, that type of thing—crimes committed by people with self-esteem! Stuff a parent can still be proud of in a weird way." —Jim Carrey at Maharishi University of Management, 2014. Of course, Jim Carrey's not only funny, but inspirational too.

Learn to multitask

Tatiana Ayazo/Rd.com "Now before we get started, I just want a little bit of business, ah, out of courtesy. If anyone here has a cell phone, please take a moment to make sure it's turned on. I wouldn't want anyone to miss a text or a tweet while I'm giving my speech." —Stephen Colbert at the University of Virginia, 2013. For more of Colbert's wit, check out the 14 best-ever Colbert lines.

Tell the truth 'til it hurts

Tatiana Ayazo/Rd.com "As... my mother used to say, 'You know I'll always love you but there are times when I certainly won't like you.'" —Hillary Rodham Clinton at Wellesley College, 1969

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Tell the truth 'til it's funny

Tatiana Ayazo/Rd.com "That's the whole ballgame. Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. And here there is Liberty." —President Donald J. Trump at Liberty College, 2017

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