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Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and start of "Hamilton," at the University of Pennsylvania's 2016 commencement ceremony.

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The pomp and circumstance is officially underway nationwide as graduation season has arrived. It’s time for the cap and gowns to be worn and the celebrations to begin. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 1.8 million students will graduate with a bachelor’s degree; 802,000 will complete a master’s degree and 179,000 will graduate with a doctorate during the 2015-2016 school year. Latinos are now the largest minority group at U.S. colleges. Whether you’re a new college graduate or young professional, here are twelve inspirational quotes from commencement speeches to keep you motivated and focused on your goals all year long: