The best commencement speeches and speakers offer graduating students advice and guidance for the post-college times ahead. For graduates, excited but nervous and confused about their future, the motivating words said by a speaker on graduation day will be the last lesson taught. Here are some of the best commencement speeches at black colleges this year.

1President Barack Obama, Howard University

“And the good news is, you’re ready. And when your journey seems too hard, and when you run into a chorus of cynics who tell you that you’re being foolish to keep believing or that you can’t do something, or that you should just give up, or you should just settle — you might say to yourself a little phrase that I’ve found handy these last eight years: Yes, we can.”