May 26, 2022

Online Video: Browse/Search/View an Expanding Collection of College Commencement Speeches

College graduation season is getting underway so here’s a quick reminder about a resource that we’ve mentioned in teh past.

The C-SPAN Video Library is an excellent place to browse/search/view a collection commencement speeches given by government leaders.

The 2015 season begins with the commencement collection nearing 700  speeches with more being added as they become available.

Each entry includes the video of the speech, hyperlinked metadata, and for some videos, a browsable/searchable text transcript (mechanically generated) of the address. At the bottom of each video a clickable link provides an option to create and share a customized “clip” of the video.

The oldest speech available in the C-SPAN Video Library collection is President John F. Kennedy’s American University Commencement Address from June 10, 1963.

The C-SPAN Video Library currently provides searchable and viewable access to more than 211,000 hours of video including author interviews, rallies, and congressional hearings. Access to the award winning database and the video it contains is free.

Direct to Commencement Speech Collection (via C-SPAN Video Library)

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.