Conan O'Brien Delivers Dartmouth's Commencement Address

  • Published on Jun 12, 2011
  • Conan O'Brien, whom The Washington Post has called "the most intelligent of the late-night comics," delivered the main address at Dartmouth College's 2011 Commencement exercises on Sunday morning, June 12.
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Comments • 756

  • Kadisha Malachie Renick

    Awesome. But I still love
    mr. Rogers speech better

  • Robert Cecil Beerbohm

    Such a brilliant individual. But he needs to rework his show concept. The travel shows are very good, but his regular show has become bland and meaningless. I also believe that he suffers from some kind of self-toxicicity. He has become too disillusioned and to be honest, doesn't really seem to like himself, which is quite sad but understandable at the same time. I hope that he finds some more inner peace in the next time and gets back to form. He was so wonderfully refreshing and engaging in the past. Now he is like a highly intellectual, sad clown, that feels disappointment lurking around every corner.
    Love you Conan. Get better.

  • I am Jean Pierre, the Evil Puppet!

    Too good to deliver a commencement speech at a State school, eh, Conan?

  • pukeylukey199
    pukeylukey199 Month ago

    Fucking yanks think of your own place names.

  • Spasoje Kulasevic
    Spasoje Kulasevic Month ago


  • labdarex
    labdarex Month ago

    5:18 The lady in the background is smoking from stress. :D

  • Tyler Zondervan
    Tyler Zondervan Month ago

    Does anyone see the woman behind Conan the one who is blurry and smoking throughout the speech and she changes from his right side to his left side, she is taking a long "smoko"
    she looks she's smoking a long one, you guys think Conan paid her to do that lmao

  • Chris o
    Chris o Month ago

    I wish that one day...these celebrities would give speeches to the military rather than College party kids...yes we all know this all you do is party ...alot of us get lost after service

  • Gregory Francis
    Gregory Francis Month ago

    My favorite thing Conan has ever does is slut shame Monica Lewinsky for an entire year. #neverforget

  • Jiminy Lummox
    Jiminy Lummox Month ago

    coledge is a libereal propaganda by (((the jews))0,,,,,,,,,,,,,i lernt everything i no from ACTUALY WORKEING for a living inted of beeing a welfare queen//finee surei have foodstamps but i deserve that because of my servicve in the MILITARY. GTFO of my cuntry USA USA USA USA trump for 2020 and 2024 and 2028 and 2030

  • Ded Head
    Ded Head Month ago

    This is what college students need today, more libtards telling them about life...

  • join the fist
    join the fist Month ago

    I though he was a pollination

  • zhulia
    zhulia Month ago

    Conan's sincere shared advice to us: "Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen."

  • falconeaterf15
    falconeaterf15 Month ago +3

    Check out Conans travel show "Conan Without Borders."
    It's great .

  • Practical Driver
    Practical Driver Month ago

    That's a PRO at work

  • uzair Hannure
    uzair Hannure Month ago +1

    I keep coming back to this

  • r56mini
    r56mini Month ago

    I didn't know he was a Harvard graduate. I enjoyed the whole speech. At age 46 I am settled where I will probably finish my career as a lab tech. I had bigger ambiguous dreams when I was in college. But when you don't have the conviction or the willingness to sacrifice a few years of your life, the reality will hit you hard when you graduate from the college. Being in school and studying your butt off is the easiest thing one can do in life. It will pay off when you graduate. Immediate gratification is the worst enemy...

  • Dovahgee
    Dovahgee Month ago

    Conan is a god damn legend!

  • Rinkore
    Rinkore Month ago

    Condom rhymes with flondom.

  • Goyim Intelligence Agency

    Too bad Bill Hicks never did a commencement speech! It would've been highly educational!

  • Nikolai
    Nikolai 2 months ago

    Best speech I have ever heard

  • TheCaskOf43
    TheCaskOf43 2 months ago +1

    That lady in the background is smokin' the hell out of that cigarette. Damn. 3:58

  • Adi W
    Adi W 2 months ago +4

    You know a guy is funny when even The Secret Service is laughing in the background

  • Max Xandubar
    Max Xandubar 2 months ago

    Graduation sucked for me but that’s an amazing speech. If you like listening to him, his new podcast is great

  • Raghav Saran Aggarwal
    Raghav Saran Aggarwal 2 months ago

    Man, there is a woman smoking cigarette (hopefully) in the background ! (Atleast at 4:13)

  • boobtuber06
    boobtuber06 2 months ago

    Had I got the chance to do it all over again, and according to my wishes: it'd be either Dartmouth or Columbia
    I wound up going to state schools like most schlubs across the country...

  • GorcStew
    GorcStew 2 months ago

    8:47 That "bear at an A.A. meeting" joke really got the president going lol

  • Steven Spiel
    Steven Spiel 2 months ago

    "There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized" 19:35

  • mark bishop
    mark bishop 2 months ago

    incredible . this is incredible

  • Tdc Willies
    Tdc Willies 2 months ago

    21:07 Words of wisdom that continue to hold true.

  • banderson5676
    banderson5676 2 months ago +16

    Conan is better than Carson, Letterman, Leno, Fallon, and Kimmel combined.

  • Daniel
    Daniel 2 months ago

    what? does conan need cocaine to do a public speech? yeesh.

  • Small Python
    Small Python 2 months ago

    4:01 got distracted by the lady smoking to the left

  • Amarendra B
    Amarendra B 2 months ago

    Did anyone notice that woman in blue smoking cigarette for an unusually long time behind Conan

  • Logan Riki
    Logan Riki 2 months ago

    Amazing and very funny speech.

  • Hum Shak
    Hum Shak 2 months ago

    any pay attention to the lady way in the distance chain smoking through out the whole thing

  • First Last
    First Last 2 months ago

    He lost me at decorated war hero. But I guess they never stop playing their role .. ;(

  • Chicken Towel
    Chicken Towel 2 months ago +4

    I've ran out of Conan remotes and I got here.
    First minute and I'm already hooked.
    Awesome speech.

  • Clyde Kye
    Clyde Kye 2 months ago +3

    Conan O'Brien for president 2020. like what. a. legend.

  • Dave Thomas
    Dave Thomas 2 months ago

    can't speak like that anymore, 2018 PC war has begun

  • -BeyondAir-
    -BeyondAir- 2 months ago +3

    this is definitely green screen

  • Nick Apuzzo
    Nick Apuzzo 2 months ago

    "Though you should not fear should do your best to avoid it." lol, priceless.

  • Sam Savage
    Sam Savage 2 months ago

  • jealva
    jealva 2 months ago +2

    This is what a Commencement Address should be - fun. I had Hillary Clinton speak at mine and she was a horrid, political bore.

    • ArthurVandelay
      ArthurVandelay 2 months ago

      How many people in the world do you think are able to deliver that fun of a speech?

  • Anthony D
    Anthony D 2 months ago +3

    Why didn’t I ever hear about this. I’m ‘06. NOBODY TOLD ME!😂

  • Nuno Soares
    Nuno Soares 2 months ago

    First of all. RIP George H.W.Bush. Thanks for your service sir :-( .Congrats to all these graduates. Hope they're all doing well :-). Lastly, Conan O'Brien is hilarious.

  • Blitz Kreig
    Blitz Kreig 2 months ago

    These graduates are now 30 years old.

  • Thomas James
    Thomas James 2 months ago

    I didn't realize Conan was so well versed and intelligent. He should run for president in 2020.

  • Julia Mihajlovich
    Julia Mihajlovich 2 months ago

    Not only was this hilarious, it was profound!

  • Lumos Nox
    Lumos Nox 2 months ago

    what a guy!

  • Crisanto Macuto
    Crisanto Macuto 2 months ago +1

    that fat lady who keeps on smoking..

  • devilpupbear09
    devilpupbear09 2 months ago

    All hail Cornell

  • Apolo Yasuda
    Apolo Yasuda 2 months ago +1

    "..Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen." -Conan O'Brien

  • Andrew Chen
    Andrew Chen 2 months ago

    ha ga

  • MrSevillian
    MrSevillian 2 months ago

    Darned he's a smart guy. Funny but meaningful.

  • rustinonthevine
    rustinonthevine 2 months ago

    'Seriously, it looks like something a bear would use at an AA meeting'

  • Jecky Mendiola
    Jecky Mendiola 2 months ago

    I love Conan. Been watching his videos for 5 hours now lol

  • Oliver Rakuscek
    Oliver Rakuscek 2 months ago

    Up until 19th minute he is hilarious; afterwards he is also remarkable.

  • articcircleado
    articcircleado 2 months ago

    Conan is genius. He's on the next level.

  • Lucia Maria
    Lucia Maria 2 months ago

    4:30 the woman smoking on the back lmaoooo

  • Toronto Family
    Toronto Family 2 months ago

    9:15 to 12:09 there's a lady smoking in the background. * Just to the right of Conan

  • Edwin Rivera
    Edwin Rivera 2 months ago

    Did anyone notice the lady smoking like she just snorted some coke behind Conan lmao

  • Charles Dickens the 3rd

    I subbed Conan cuz of this vid

  • East2West2010
    East2West2010 2 months ago

    Ah yes Stinky Pete, Cuban B's cousin

  • Laplena
    Laplena 2 months ago

    What a guy! Since starting watching late night tv in the summer of 96, Conan is still my favorite tv host of all time. He's a very intelligent man, yet he can let his foolishness go and and entertain. #TeamCoCo

  • MrDopeKeen
    MrDopeKeen 2 months ago


  • Adnanavic shariff
    Adnanavic shariff 2 months ago

    Beautiful soul 💞

  • TJ Pierce
    TJ Pierce 2 months ago

    An amazing address. Truer words were never spoken.

  • Yanlong Fu
    Yanlong Fu 2 months ago

    full of happiness and wisdom

  • DeepbloodEclipse
    DeepbloodEclipse 2 months ago

    That knock at Leno XD

  • FQVBSina
    FQVBSina 2 months ago

    I like how the subtitle is titled "English - Conan O'Brien"

  • chop 362
    chop 362 2 months ago

    His speech consisted of “How to be a suck comedian”, many lessons learned🙄

  • Miguel de Sousa
    Miguel de Sousa 2 months ago

    I'm from Rio and I wasn't expecting that reference

  • Ritwik Mohanty
    Ritwik Mohanty 2 months ago

    "Work Hard. Be Kind. Amazing Things will Happen."

  • dourtan
    dourtan 2 months ago

    Conan did his thesis on Flannery O'Connel.

  • MrPaPaYa86
    MrPaPaYa86 2 months ago

    5:20, fat woman out of focus smoking a sigarette

  • A Voice
    A Voice 2 months ago +1

    I love this man

  • Harrison Boone
    Harrison Boone 2 months ago

    I would bet not many of those graduates knows how to build an engine or even change a tire. My point is: very shortly these students will find themselves either working in fast food chains or working in office settings, wearing suits and they will be making much less money than the people that had the smarts to get trades.

  • dan w
    dan w 2 months ago

    He's still a douche

  • Shawn Jesseman
    Shawn Jesseman 2 months ago +1

    I'm surprised by a lot of the negative comments about Conan giving this commencement speech. I guess some people feel that a dry and boring commencement speech would be more appropriate for a graduating class.
    Why should an Entertainer not give a commencement speech? And would entertainment not be a valid field for a graduate to go into?
    Conan O'Brien is a Harvard graduate who graduated magna cum laude.

    • KeepCalmAndCallejon
      KeepCalmAndCallejon 2 months ago

      Shawn Jesseman Judging by the like-dislike ratio and the general comments, almost everyone enjoyed this. Why are you talking as if this is something controversial to like and arguing against thin air?

  • Wonderful Wino
    Wonderful Wino 2 months ago

    Fuckin Leno!.

  • Greg Christopfel
    Greg Christopfel 2 months ago

    Conan never disappoints! So funny I can hardly see through my tears to type this. But, I gotta wonder: Could a speech like this happen at any major college campus in the US? The thought police would be all over it. It's only 8 years later - look what we've become :(

  • Keith Martie Tan
    Keith Martie Tan 2 months ago

    Few months from now, I too will be graduating, if Conan we be the guest speaker, it would be my happiest moment hahahaha.

  • Jaybriel Akoi
    Jaybriel Akoi 2 months ago

    I love that the Secret Service are cracking up in the background.

  • Chris Hamilton
    Chris Hamilton 2 months ago

    this brilliant man deserved that standing ovation.

  • caspian sea
    caspian sea 2 months ago


  • Brian
    Brian 2 months ago

    I actually listened to the entire speech!

  • Karo99637
    Karo99637 2 months ago

    I love coco😍😍😍😍

  • Zohaib Bukhari
    Zohaib Bukhari 2 months ago

    The Conan doctrine should actually be enforced

  • fglend73
    fglend73 2 months ago

    By today’s college standards, this would be considered “hate speech.”

  • Saqlain Alvi
    Saqlain Alvi 2 months ago

    7:02 behold the douche bags

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie 2 months ago

    this is one of the greatest commencement speeches ever ! Conan is so smart and an amazing comedian

  • Andrew Baum
    Andrew Baum 3 months ago

    I loved this hahaha

  • Josh SY Kim
    Josh SY Kim 3 months ago

    "Deal with it!" Best words ever!

  • Chris Tine
    Chris Tine 3 months ago +1

    This is my fave commencement speech. I come back to his message time and time again.
    "It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It's not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound re-invention." Amen 🙏

  • Miche.
    Miche. 3 months ago +1

    is it bad that i cried so fucking hard

  • Apti Newim
    Apti Newim 3 months ago

    Jordan Schlansky would have done it better 😎

  • catman pc
    catman pc 3 months ago +7

    I always thought he was funny, but this was better than any standup performance. Hilarious and brilliant. Everyone behind him was dying. Ended with pearls of wisdom. Bravo!

  • Moos P.
    Moos P. 3 months ago

    I've never heard of Dartmouth before and it seems to have terrible weather, but I like Conan.

  • stewjd76
    stewjd76 3 months ago

    He's so goofy and funny.