Oprah Winfrey Commencement AddressGraduating from college is an important experience for any young student. Important, but not necessarily interesting. It's all pretty much the same old, same old: Some dry, aging alumnus comes out and delivers a rote commencement speech about the importance of working hard and following your dreams and then you go home and forget everything they said. Yes, it's important, but not particularly memorable.

Unless, of course, your commencement speaker is a celebrity.

And in recent years, the chances of that happening have been increasing exponentially. This is at least partially due to the fact that there are a lot more "celebrities" wandering around these days -- we're looking at you, The Situation -- but it's also because universities and student bodies are increasingly interested in providing a truly memorable send-off for outgoing classes. After all, why settle for some administration puppet when you can have a honest-to-pete puppet like Kermit the Frog (Southampton College, 1996) give your commencement address?