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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/videos/" rel="tag">Videos</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/chrysler/" rel="tag">Chrysler</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/fiat/" rel="tag">Fiat</a></p><a href="/2013/02/02/wish-you-had-a-world-famous-auto-exec-give-your-commencement-spe/#continued"><img alt="Sergio Marchionne commencement speech" src="http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2013/01/sergio-marchionne-commencement-speech-628.jpg" style="margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px; width: 628px; height: 350px;" /></a><br /><br />We've seen some pretty great commencement speeches over the years. There was Steve Jobs' incredibly inspiring Stanford address in 2005, John Stewart's insightful speech to the graduating class of William and Mary in 2004 and Steven Colbert's hilarious 2011 address at Northwestern, but automotive executives aren't strangers to honorary degrees. Former General Motors CEO <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2011/12/12/ex-gm-ceo-rick-wagoner-delivers-commencement-speech-calls-for-h/">Rick Wagoner</a> spoke at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011, and <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/tag/sergio marchionne/">Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne</a> recently gave the keynote at Walsh College's 100th Commencement Ceremony. The executive knows a thing or two about success and following one's beliefs to fulfillment.<br /><br />"I constantly encourage my co-workers at <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/fiat/">Fiat</a> and <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/chrysler/">Chrysler</a> to go beyond the cliche and the conventional to try new approaches and change perspective each and every day," Marchionne said. "I exhort them not to repeat the same things, the same approaches, and I remind them they are indeed free. The freedom I am talking about is something inside you. It is determined by how open minded you remain, how receptive you are to the new and to the different, to the infinite possibilities that present themselves even if you don't go looking for them or could never have imagined. Being free means that you have the strength not to be conditioned by what others want you to do or by what may seem to be the easiest choice."<br /><br />Amen to that. You can check out the brief press release on the address <a href="/2013/02/02/wish-you-had-a-world-famous-auto-exec-give-your-commencement-spe/#continued">below</a> as well as a video of a few highlights from the speech.<p><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/02/wish-you-had-a-world-famous-auto-exec-give-your-commencement-spe/" rel="bookmark">Continue reading <em>Wish you had a world-famous auto exec give your commencement speech? Watch this</em></a></p><p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/02/wish-you-had-a-world-famous-auto-exec-give-your-commencement-spe/">Wish you had a world-famous auto exec give your commencement speech? Watch this</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Sat, 02 Feb 2013 12:30:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/02/wish-you-had-a-world-famous-auto-exec-give-your-commencement-spe/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20443015/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/02/wish-you-had-a-world-famous-auto-exec-give-your-commencement-spe/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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