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Holding the attention of young graduates during a commencement speech isn't the easiest thing to do—unless you're famous. Here, 5 celebs who entertained—and inspired!—with their words.

The commencement speech is a difficult art to master: They require the perfect mixture of inspiration, enlightenment and, of course, entertainment.

Presidents and Deans of universities may be perfectly qualified for the first two requirements, but for the latter it's sometimes best to outsource to someone with a little more...charisma.

Here, 5 celebrities who gave phenomenal commencement speeches. 

1. Denzel Washington: "Fall forward."

After receiving an honourary doctorate in arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017, Denzel Washington took to the podium to deliver an address in front of more than 5,000 graduates.

Deviating from your typical "go forth and prosper," Washington spoke of embracing failure. "Every failed experiment is one step closer to success," he says. "If you don't fail, you're not even trying."

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