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It's graduation season, and men and women from Colorado's colleges and universities are being launched into the real world. At many institutions, commencement speakers will offer the graduating class one final piece of inspiration and guidance. We're posting excerpts from some of this year's speeches. 

Parker Palmer, Naropa University

Audio: Excerpts from Parker Palmer's commencement speech at Naropa

Parker Palmer is the founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal in Seattle. He spoke to graduates of Naropa University in Boulder on Sunday, May 10.

Kevin Fitzgerald, CSU Ag Sciences

Audio: Excerpts from Kevin Fitzgerald's commencement speech at CSU

Kevin Fitzgerald is a comedian and veterinarian. He spoke to graduates of CSU's College of Agricultural Sciences on Saturday, May 16.

Greg Stier, Colorado Christian University

Audio: Greg Stier speaks at the commencement for Colorado Christian University

Greg Stier is the founder and CEO of Arvada-based Dare 2 Share Ministries International. He spoke to graduates of Colorado Christian University on Saturday, May 9.

Michael Hancock, Emily Griffith Technical College

Audio: Mayor Michael Hancock Addresses Graduates of Emily Griffith Technical College

Michael Hancock is 45th and current Mayor of Denver. He spoke to graduates of Emily Griffith Technical College and Emily Griffith High School on Friday, May 29.