Fantasy Commencement Speeches: Game of Thrones Edition 2017

Game of Thrones Grad - Commencement Speeches 2015

Game of Thrones Grad – Commencement Speeches

Imagine it:  you’ve done it. You’ve completed your college degree! Pop some bottles, take a selfie with grandma, and pat yourself on the back.

Now for the big question:  if you were in charge of the universe, who would be your commencement speaker at your graduation?

Welcome to DegreeCast’s Fantasy Commencement Draft:  Game of Thrones Edition.

You want advice about how to use your degree to carve a bloody path through the masses of your future?  There’s a GoT character who’s ready to drop some knowledge.

You choose…

Daenerys Targaryen

The Mother of Dragons would surely talk about seizing the day; she started at the bottom and now rules from the top of a pyramid.  Look for her, either to channel her inner Lena Dunham and talk about keeping it real in a man’s world or let her Beyonce spirit animal give advice about how to dominate the marketplace with shock & awe (and fire-breathing lizards—no offense Jay & Dr. West.)

Ned Stark

Capable of JFK-level barn-burner, the Lord of the North would deliver a “don’t be evil” speech that would make Google proud. Maybe the most honorable man in Westeros, the Stark clan patriarch would likely have a lot to say about integrity, loyalty, and the power of determination.  But would he keep his speech interesting for a large crowd or would he simply lose his head?

Cersei, The Queen Mother

If you think passive-aggressive moms know how to get things done, you’ll love Cersei’s advice about how to be aggressive-aggressive.  The Lannister matriarch isn’t afraid to break a rule, social norm, or the best wine glass in the house in order to get what she wants.  Her speech will scare you straight —not that there’s anything wrong with that.

The Hound

You want a quick speech than doesn’t mince words? Our guess: he talks for 1 minute and tells you to kill anyone who stands in your way. So it’d kind of be like a speech by Elon Musk, only shorter. And hairier and bloodier.



Tyrion Lannister

Let’s face it:  if you want wit, irreverence, and a great time, you have to pick the short man from King’s Landing. Tyrion not only knows how to party, he would probably give great advice as to how to do it for the rest of your life. Would he caution against the risks of letting nightlife overtake your job search?  Or would it be a seminar about how to turn your weaknesses into a boat launching success? Why don’t we just listen to Peter Dinklage himself?

It’s commencement speeches 2015 Draft season— so get inspired!  Discover who institutions have selected for their own Commencement speeches over the years. Some speakers are actually not even fictional– although how do you classify Ali G?

Your degree is an adventure.  Commence with your degree search now.

Independence Day 2015, A Holiday for Flip Floppers

What was your first act of independence?

For most of us in America, it’s going to college. Whether you are a high school student moving away from home for the first time or you’re an adult degree seeker, going for your degree is a bold act of ambition. It’s a choice to be stronger and more successful as an individual.

A degree is a declaration of independence.

             Independence Day 2015, Is a Day For Flip Floppers

The American Founders, responsible for that Declaration of Independence we just celebrated, were blindfold haters. And now for a DegreeCast History Flashback!

We Americans love to talk about how brave the colonists were for standing up to the strongest government (with the biggest army) in the world. England was terrifyingly huge, much like Google or the Kardashian/Jenner family. Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams knew that declaring independence from the British crown was a BFD. No one had ever done it before.

But what drove those early 4th of July partiers wasn’t the thrill of punching out the giant.  It also wasn’t the future promise of lawn chairs, barbecued meats, and Bruce Springsteen. The colonists were simply tired of stupid games.

The British had been forcing the Americans to play an international game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. “Close your eyes and just trust us,” the Brits might have said.  “We have your best interests in mind. We’ll give you options—just let us point you in the direction.”

Tired of the control from across the Atlantic, the revolutionaries wanted to make their own choices and choose their own destinies.

And 225+ years later, we still celebrate the time the revolutionaries flipped the tables and called BS on the British blindfolders.  Sure, Americans might sometimes put the tail on the donkey’s nose, but since 1776 we do it with our eyes wide open.  It’s our choice and our (jack)ass—and that’s the way we like it.

It’s Independence Day 2015, so our question here at DegreeCast: how do you pick a degree program? Do you know the many options you have or do you trust junk mail, dated booths at college fairs, and online banner ads?

It’s Independence Day any day you want. Declare yours with DegreeCast.

Where’s the Beef (Science)?

Best SF Burger 15 RomoloInternational Hamburger Day is May 28th. So what if we are 25 days early. @DegreeCast we just love burgers. So we’ve got you 1 right over here. She’s short & savory.

Where’s the Meat (Science)?

What do you get when you combine a tasty taco ingredient and a nerdy subject from high school? What do you call the formalized study of arguments, fights, and bad blood between people?

Beef Science” might sound like something you’d draw in the game “Cards Against Humanity,” but Beef—and the world it comes from—can actually be a launching point for your future.

You can study everything from food science to veterinary science.  Want to learn the ropes of running a restaurant?  How about learning the ropes of a ranch?  You could study how to raise, nurture, sell, cook, or preserve livestock.

Are you a vegetarian/vegan?  There are degrees in the benefits of vegetarian nutrition. Or botany.

Ground Beef

Did you know that there are patents on cuts of meat? Food business can be pretty big business.  And did you know that animal husbandry isn’t only legal in all 50 states, it isn’t even considered weird?

Stick your fork into a search on DegreeCast.  Because even Beef can be an adventure.

Earth Day, Don Draper, and You

DC EarthDay Blog Post iPhone HomeThe origins of Earth Day are rooted in a terrific and familiar story: a person has a dream and changes the world with it.  The founder of the original Earth Day (45 years ago today) was Senator Gaylord Nelson. He left a legacy of political, ideological, and, of course, environmental change that has affected generations to come.

But that’s only half the story.

Earth Day is also a triumph of the power of marketing and branding. Enter Don Draper, and the Mad Men (and Women) of Advertising.

How do you get a movement? You need the idea, of course. But you also need a clear message. And that’s where Julian Koenig comes in. When he came up with the name “Earth Day,” he helped ensure that a great idea could live beyond its time.

Everybody knows that marketing is about selling a product or idea. But Koenig understood something more: marketing can be about aspiration, about hope.  Earth Day isn’t simply a day to think about recycling or the effects of pollution: it’s a day that reminds us that we can do better. We can BE better.

And that’s where you come in.

Where will you be in five years? How will you be a “better” you?

Interested in starting a movement?

How about a degree in Public Policy? Local, state, and federal policy very often gets started by those who work in the field.  Maybe you see yourself in Leadership.  Are there degree programs for that?  Um… have you tried clicking “Leadership” two sentences ago?  Do it.

Do you want to be an Ad Man (or Woman)?

Julian Koenig went to Dartmouth and Columbia, excellent schools to be sure. But, like Simon Sinek and his “Why” movement, Koenig had to learn the craft of how to tell a story. Does it surprise you that some advertising copywriters start in Communications and Creative Writing programs?  You might not have the same batting average as Koenig, but you swing at the same kind of pitches.

Do you want to cover the movements of our time?

Sarah Koenig, daughter of Julian, works in the media, most recently with her breakout hit Serial on NPR. How about a career in Broadcasting? Or maybe Radio, TV, or Film Production?  There are people spreading the word—you could get a degree in how to do it.

Are you a Tree Hugger?

Awesome.  Did you know that there are degrees in that?  Well, maybe not Tree Hugging, but how about Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, or Environmental Technology?  The world is your sustainably harvested oyster.

Some look to the future… and make a wish.  Some look to the future… for an adventure.

It’s 11:11 on Earth Day.  Time to discover your future.