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What makes a great commencement speech

Delivering commencement speeches carries a big responsibility. Not only are speakers tasked with shaping young minds who are setting off into adulthood, their speeches now live online for all to see—for better or worse.

So how do you deal with the pressure? You can follow CNBC's guide on how to deliver a memorable commencement speech, featuring the likes of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Bill Nye, "The Science Guy."

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The rules are simple. Keep things light. Remember to inspire and congratulate the graduates. And if you can broadcast the speech from space—as the University of Connecticut's speaker did—that helps, too.

—By staff.