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The Best of Celebrity Commencement Speeches! | Michelle Obama, Stephen Colbert

Amy Poehler, Michelle Obama, Stephen Colbert & More Commencement Speeches

Originally posted 05/27/2013 01:15PM

It's that time of year again – graduation!

As college graduates move on the next stage of their lives, they're sent into the real world with an overabundance of advice.

But luckily, some of it comes from some very famous faces in the shape of commencement speeches.

Before applying to jobs or landing your dream apartment, listen to what Amy Poehler, Melinda Gates, Stephen Colbert, First Lady Michelle Obama and more have to say:

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David Foster Wallace Dies at 46 | David Foster Wallace

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David Foster Wallace Dies at 46

Originally posted 09/13/2008 11:55PM

Author David Foster Wallace has died from an apparent suicide at age 46, the Associated Press reports.

The writer, perhaps best known for his 1996 novel, Infinite Jest, was found dead by his wife in their home about 9:30 p.m. Friday. He had hanged himself, said Jackie Morales, a records clerk with the Claremont, Calif., Police Department.

At age 24 in 1987, Wallace published his first novel, The Broom of the System, to critical acclaim. When Infinite Jest came out nearly a decade later, Time magazine included the 1,000-plus-page book in its issue of the ''100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.''

Born in Ithaca, N.Y., Wallace taught creative writing and English at Pomona College.

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