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NPR Names Honeywell CEO's Commencement Speech As One Of The Best, Ever

Cote at UNH Commencement

Photo credit: Mike Ross/UNH Photographic Service

NPR hand-picked over 300 addresses going back to 1774 to compile a list of the best commencement speeches in history. Dave Cote’s speech at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), his alma mater, was selected among speeches made by other leading figures including President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, John F. Kennedy, Ellen DeGeneres, and Bill Clinton.

During his commencement address on May 21, 2011, Cote revealed the four major lessons he learned during and after college, which helped to carry him from sixth-year senior at UNH to successful CEO of Honeywell.

  1. Recognize the importance of people and your own behaviors. Be self-aware.
  2. Get out of your comfort zone. Better yet, get comfortable about being out of your comfort zone! Be a learner!
  3. Be results oriented, have goals, and recognize that hard work does not always pay off.
  4. Best of all… Enjoy your life!

To arrive at the final list, NPR reviewed hundreds of speeches and decided on the top 300 based equally on their proven popularity and the unique qualities of each speech. Click to read Dave Cote’s speech.

Rob Ferris
Corporate and Financial Media Relations