It's May, and millions of young adults across the U.S. are getting ready to cross the stage, get a diploma and start a new phase of their lives. As college students go from the classroom to the working world, many of them wonder how they will cope with significant challenges like paying rent, maintaining relationships, and juggling loans while getting — and hopefully keeping — a job.
CNBC Make It is here to help.
We spoke exclusively to some of the nation's top business leaders and personal finance gurus, career coaches, bestselling authors, CEOs, self-made millionaires and billionaires and Wharton's No. 1 professor. For the next few weeks, we'll be rolling out the speeches or bits of advice that they are most excited to share with the Class of 2017, using the hashtag #MakeItNewGrads.
Here are the celebrities and influencers who will be sending their best to America's graduates:
James Altucher, self-made millionaire and entrepreneur
David Bach, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of "The Automatic Millionaire"
Jim Barnett, CEO of Glint
Jenny Blake, former Google career coach and bestselling author of "Pivot"
Adam Grant, Wharton's No. 1 professor and the No. 1 national bestselling author of "Originals"
Grant Cardone, Founder and CEO of Cardone Acquisitions
Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation
Jim Cramer, co-founder of TheStreet, Inc., and host of CNBC's "Mad Money"
Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group and investor on ABC's "Shark Tank"
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and investor on "Shark Tank"
Ayesha Curry, host of the Food Network's "Ayesha's Home Kitchen"
Turney Duff, author of "The Buy Side" and featured on CNBC's "The Filthy Rich Guide"
Mark Ein, founder of the Venture House Group
Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD
Melinda Gates, philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sallie Krawcheck, CEO of Ellevest
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World and star of CNBC's "The Profit"
Suze Orman, personal finance expert and former host of CNBC's "The Suze Orman Show"
Dave Ramsey, bestselling author and host of America's 3rd largest nationally syndicated talk radio show "The Dave Ramsey Show"
Tony Robbins, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of "UNSHAKEABLE: Your Financial Freedom Playbook" and "MONEY: Master the Game."
Anna Sale, host of the WNYC podcast "Death, Sex & Money"
Jen Sincero, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of "You Are A Badass"
Kyle Taylor, founder and CEO of The Penny Hoarder
Farnoosh Torabi, host of CNBC's "Follow the Leader" and the award-winning podcast "So Money"
Sidney Torres, founder of IV Capital and host of CNBC's "The Deed"
Cindy Whitehead, CEO of The Pink Ceiling
Look for all of these to roll out over the next few weeks. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #MakeItNewGrads. And congratulations, Class of 2017!