George Saunders, a writer and professor at Syracuse University, gave the 2013 commencement speech at Syracuse’s College of Arts and Sciences’ undergraduate convocation ceremony.
You may have seen the speech last year and as it’s popularity grew, Syracuse University published a transcript of the speech on their website.
The speech has now become a book Congratulations, by the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness. An abridged version of Saunders speech has also been turned into an animated video called The Importance of Kindness.
I’ve also included the video of the complete speech (you may need to increase the volume) or you can read the transcript on the university’s website.