Oprah Winfrey’s Harvard Commencement Speech (VIDEO)


Talk show host, entrepreneur and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey used the struggles of her television network on Thursday to try to inspire Harvard graduates, saying they were armed with more tools of empowerment than any generation in history.

In a commencement address at the Ivy League school outside Boston, Winfrey told the graduates that they were bound to stumble no matter how high they might rise.

"Learn from every mistake," Winfrey said. "Each mistake will force you to learn who you really are. Then figure out what's the next, right move."

"It doesn't matter how far you might rise because at some point you might stumble and when you fall, there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction. When you're down in the hole, it might look like failure. Give yourself time to mourn what you think you may have lost. Then, here's the key, learn from every mistake. Each mistake will force you to learn who you really are and then figure out what is the next right move."

She added, "Now and forever more when you Google yourself the results will always read Harvard 2013, and that really is a calling card."

"You now have a chance to better your life, the life of your neighbors and that of our country... When you do that, that's when your story gets really good."

She advised students to have conversations with people. "Look them in the eye. There's a light inside each of you that illuminates your very human beingness. You all might have a little anxiety now but no matter what challenges or setbacks you encounter along the way, keep in mind, one goal."

Watch her full speech in the video above.