Commencement season is here and it can be interesting, educational, informative, and occasionally motivating/inspiring to view commencement addresses. They might also be useful when doing research about a person or topic.
U.S. government leaders are frequent commencement speakers and the amazing C-SPAN Video Library database currently contains 734 commencement addresses dating back to President John F. Kennedy’s June 1963 graduation speech at American University.
New video is added as it becomes available.
Finally, the entire collection (and database for that matter) is keyword searchable.
In other words, you can search every word spoken and go directly to the word(s) in the video. Of course, you can also watch videos from the beginning and/or scrub to any point.
Of course, metadata search is also available.
Finally, it’s easy to create custom clips from a video and then share them with others.
We recently shared more info about using about the award-winning C-SPAN Video Library in this post last month.
As of May 12, 2016, the complete C-SPAN Video Library contains 222,522,000 hours of video.