He’s given a couple of well-publicized commencement addresses before, such as one at Harvard in 2000, and one at Stuyvesant High School in 2006. (Stuyvesant, by the way, is the school where Angela’s Ashes author Frank McCourt worked, and wrote about in the last part of Teacher Man. O’Brien’s speech there was collected in The Best American Non-Required Reading 2007.)
But as good as those were, his best work is this new one–funny as always, but also incredibly moving. I’m sure non-fans don’t consider how hard the last year and a half have been on Conan–really, imagine the stress and humiliation for a moment. However, that ordeal has surely given him something, and he shares it here.
Video and text of the speech are at Dartmouth’s website here. Video is also on YouTube.