Brad Delson UCLA Commencement Speech

June 16, 2009


  1. htx2m3bc on June 26, 2009 at 10:28 pm


    Now I see why you would have preffered to have had Brad help you with your speech. Although I would like to compliment your’s too. Both you guys did great. Got your points across. That’s one of the many things you guys do, is involvement in education. Which is an A+ already. Never change.

  2. Hawaii_LP_fan on June 24, 2009 at 2:11 am

    And who said Linkin Park was strictly a nu-metal band? Psssh… If you ask me, Linkin Park is comprised of a bunch of articulate, intelligent, and down-to-earth guys who are also ALL musically talented artists as well! Way to go guys! πŸ™‚

  3. _EniX_ on June 23, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Exellent speech Brad ! You’re simply exellent !

  4. akitagirl on June 21, 2009 at 5:07 am

    He IS a wonder!!!! An amazing speech.

  5. atl89 on June 19, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    This speech is so cool…… it reminds me of yours. thx for sharing:)))))

  6. milasouzams on June 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm


  7. MarishkaLP on June 19, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Brad is just the most unpredictable speaker i’ve ever seen! i mean no one of the viewers will never guess what he’ll do next and where he goes in his speach! WOW! taking off clothes and it allowed to do on graduation ceremony? xD not sure if all this was edifying but it was really a good show, so it’s good that he’s a musician and not a teacher xD still i liked it a lot! πŸ™‚

  8. Biccy on June 19, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Applause, applause for Brad. Nice speech!

  9. soyuneik on June 19, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Brad’s not real… I ‘m starting to think I made all of you up in my head. This is skit straight out of the books of my imagination. But I probably would have rocked a Terminator mask with that jersey. Keeping a straight face, priceless.

  10. linkinladie328 on June 18, 2009 at 6:48 pm


  11. Angelic01 on June 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    when I first read that brad is going to do this speech I said ‘oooooooooooooookay, let’s see how this will turn out’ so now that I actually saw that speech I’m like ‘holy shit!’ with my jaw conected to the floor… really I’m more that stunned! this speech was really great! I wish we had something like this here in germany and brad would be speaking! That was awesome, dude! even though I would have been a nervous wreck sitting behind you cause it seemed like you couldn’t stop moving around ^lol^ and know what the best part was? when you sang britney spears… I couldn’t stop laughing… that was more than great!!! so congrats to that amazing commencement speech!!!

  12. Gucio on June 18, 2009 at 11:10 am

    ok, seriously – where does he get this stuff? he really is world’s most fascinating wonders πŸ˜€ but don’t be so modest Dr. Mike, you could write speeches for other people too πŸ˜‰

  13. mike_n_LP_4ever on June 17, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I couldn’t stop smilin through tha whole video ! Brads so awsome ! Im still smiling πŸ˜› And his speech wuz far more better than yours Mike…sorry . I loved it when he startd singin Britney Spears, and then what i wuz never gunna expect, Brad rapin to Blame It . xP Brad’s just amazing . I think i like him more than you Mike . πŸ™‚ it wuz cute how he had the whole UCLA basketball outfit goin on; it’s like he wuz prepared lol . πŸ™‚


  14. Lidiam01 on June 17, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    haha both of ur speeches were awesome but there is something about Brad…am just not sure what it is.(mabey its the afro,am not sure though)
    he is so cool!
    all of u guys are all so funny! i love you all!!!

  15. Cintya on June 17, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Wow that was great. Sorry to say Mike but he blew you out of the water!! Next time you have another speech (which i’m sure will happen) make sure you call Brad =)

  16. DLB on June 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    It’s not surprising at all how impressive Brad’s speech is because that’s just how witty he is. Nor was it surprising that he bust out Britney or Jamie Foxx or stripped down to a UCLA jersey because that’s how funny he is. What’s surprising, is the fact that he was not the first choice and yet gave the BEST SPEECH EVER. I wish he could’ve spoken at my commencement!!! AMAZING job Braddles!! -DrummerLadyBourdon

  17. MayJ on June 17, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    He is awesome!!!I wish I could be there,it would have been the most merorable moment in my life.

  18. frgtnhvymtal on June 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Great Job, Brad!!!!
    BTW, Idk how many of you are Disturbed fans, but heres a game…
    It’s quite addictive if i must say so myself ^ u ^

  19. Diana_LP_adicted on June 17, 2009 at 11:08 am

    THIS BRAD IS SUPER HIPER MEGA AWESOME !!! he is sooooooooo DAMN FUNNY!! he sings better than Brit. ahahahah ;P GREAT SPEECH!!!!!

  20. starter on June 17, 2009 at 10:39 am

    More fun than Britney!

  21. abraHam on June 17, 2009 at 9:45 am

    spectacular speech BBB!!!

    espectacular discurso Brad…

    abraHam from PERU

  22. Curiosa on June 17, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Hi Mike, sorry this is off-topic but will you be attending the Lakers celebration parade today & if so will you be sharing pics w/us? πŸ˜€ Thanks. πŸ˜€ Also I uploaded a couple of pics on my myspace in case you’d like to see them. I’ve gotten good reviews from friends on 1 of them. πŸ™‚ Have fun Mike. πŸ™‚

  23. Nello on June 17, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Was that Fidel Castro handing him the guitar?

  24. yelissrock on June 17, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Brad is certainly a genius! That was a great speech and best of all none boring.
    Rock on!

  25. D3lta on June 17, 2009 at 6:08 am

    Mike, Chester, MOVE OVER! Linkin Park has a new singer. Or, at the very least, a new song in your set. Instead of Eggo waffles I’m going to eat some cinnamon rolls and see what that get me.

  26. thenewLinkinPete on June 17, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Great job, Brad! I noticed that like over half the time he seemed to be telling how he was (not) preparing the speech, but I think in the end that part made part of the actual speech too with some messages.. right? =P And now that he did this, you just have to let him sing on the next album πŸ™‚ I just love the grin on his face when ppl applaused (and they did that ALOT!)

  27. waie_91 on June 17, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Good job BBB, he’s funny & adorable! πŸ˜€

  28. MissV10 on June 16, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Mr. BBB nice job! Wow, when i eventually graduate from CSUF, he should give the speech. “I’m not a girl, not yet a women” … hilarious! He can sing! I think he should get a solo!!

  29. teena39 on June 16, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Im so glad i was able to witness this in person! BBB made my graduation memorable!! ahhh UCLA Class of 09!! whoo LP ROCKS! πŸ˜€ Thanks BRAD! You were awesome!

  30. afteriwake on June 16, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Hate to say this, Mike, but he blew your speech out of the water.

  31. ThePrincess on June 16, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Mr Delson not just a lovely person but he also funny,Low profile and has a very unique style ..honestly i just a little surprised watching his speech .. very inspiring and also doesn’t make me bored !! … we are very proud of him and now i think .. he is not only my friend Emily’s pity ..yes he is absolutely my pity too πŸ™‚ …. ( God .. i’m so Jealous to Miss Spears … she is so damn lucky .. LOL ! )
    WE LOVE YOU … BBB !!!!!

  32. Maaark on June 16, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    What a speech! I really like it! It’s different from yours and Ellen’s, and the Britney cover made me laugh so hard! Congratulations Mr. Delson, I bet the students won’t forget your speech and your kind words!

    Oh yea Dr. Shinoda, you should give yourself more credit. I really love your speech. It’s funny and wise at the same time. You all rock (including Ellen DeGeneres… HA!)

    Take care Mike.

  33. TiffTiff33LP on June 16, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Dude,that is so nice that brad did that,yay,GO BBB.L.o.L!!!!!^_^

  34. bec on June 16, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    that was great – you should give Brad mic at your shows and let him entertain the crowd when you and chester get bored of saying the same lines at every show

  35. shan1105 on June 16, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    This was great and very funny! Who would of known that brad could be so funny and the britney spears song …LMAO

  36. NoMoreSorrowGirl on June 16, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Wooooo! Mr. Delson!

    So, who will you goin’ to save this time Brad or Chester!?…remember Brad can sing…LOL

    He is really a genuis Mike!Bravo MR. Delson!

    “I would have just called Brad and begged him to write it for me!” LOL

    “I did a lot of research, watching videos and reading speeches.”, Poor you :'(…LOL

  37. Ana_ on June 16, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Amazing speech!! Britney’s cover was hilarious! xD Brad is a funny genius!!! πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing! Ana.

  38. Full_Metal_Ninja on June 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Great speech. Would have been funnier if he had his headphones on lol jk

  39. Lori on June 16, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    ROFL that may have been funnier than ellens!!! πŸ˜› i bet conan and franco wouldnt have sung britney!! lol

  40. liope on June 16, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Maybe you (the Linkin Park members) should do a contest: How is goint to do the best commencement speech!! πŸ™‚ and we will vote!!:P

  41. ChazyLover on June 16, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Hey Mike πŸ™‚ We are the greek LPUers and we made a thread to ask something..

    Here is the link:

  42. rockermeg on June 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Oooh that was great!!!
    I don’t know which one of your speeches was better but I think it would have been great if Brad mentioned yours in his πŸ™‚
    He’s so cute xD Love the basketball outfit…and the Britney xD
    What is it with Brad and Britney???
    That was great…I absolutely loved the whole “Brad Delson. Communications Degree…I’m in a band” xD niiiice

  43. durg on June 16, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    hahaha gotta love the whole brad/britney thing making a comeback. πŸ˜€

  44. JoeyDC on June 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Don’t you just love this hilarious and genius dude!? πŸ™‚ I’m sure Brad feels flattered to be mentioned on your blog, Mike, and to be showered with such sweet compliments! Can’t stop smiling now to see how proud you are of him. Glad to know you guys are one big happy family ;). I guess we all should call him Dr. Delson now, what do you think? πŸ˜‰

  45. stefangh on June 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Hey Mike πŸ™‚ We are the greek LPUers and we made a thread to ask something..

    Here is the link:

    BBB is just awesome i can’t find words to describe this awesome speech!!!……can’t wait to see u live this summer guys!!!!

  46. Eddie on June 16, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Hey Mike πŸ™‚ We are the greek LPUers and we made a thread to ask something..

    Here is the link:

    Also BBB is AWESOME!!!! Congratulations to him!!!!!!

  47. eleni1997 on June 16, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Hey Mike πŸ™‚ We are the greek LPUers and we made a thread to ask something..

    Here is the link:

    Congarts to Brad,nice speech!

  48. EvaBennoda on June 16, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Hey Mike πŸ™‚ We are the greek LPUers and we made a thread to ask something..

    Here is the link:

    Nice Speech BBB !!! Keep rockin’ !

  49. Kalini on June 16, 2009 at 11:28 am

    BBB is the new LP’s vocalist!!! I loved his cover of Britney’s song. I don’t need to write any comment regarding his speech. The reaction of the audience is enough. The students have had so much fun… Great job, Brad! KK

  50. miKer0cks on June 16, 2009 at 11:26 am

    He did great! I saw the videos a couple of days ago! Seriously an amazing speech with deep meaning πŸ˜‰ Both your speech and Brad’s were awesome…Congarts! πŸ˜€

  51. antje on June 16, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Mr. Delson…. I am impressed. Really cool and funny speech!!!!!!

  52. anaslinkin on June 16, 2009 at 11:08 am


  53. cuz on June 16, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Whoa, that was great! So funny and inspiring at the same time. His Britney cover was amazing! I had so much laugh when he was singing he’s not a girl, haha. You guys need to give him the mic more often, maybe we’ll know some more exciting information about Brad πŸ˜‰ I love all of yours sense of humor. I had no idea that there will be so many people! Thanks for sharing the videos!

    I love how you love each other. It’s great to have such supporting friends πŸ™‚

  54. ShadowerLiltani on June 16, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Wow, that’s probably the most charismatic speech I’ve heard in a long time. It was hell of a whole lot better than the ones at my graduation. I could tell after the first few minutes that he had taken a lot of communications classes. He also looked like he had to go to the bathroom bad towards the end. Edit: I remember I asked about your speech. I came across it on youtube. Yours was much more down to earth, and was more along the lines of an artist talking to a group of artists. I have pondered often about whether or not releasing my book without a publisher was the best option. Our integrity is very precious. I may not be oozing fame, but my readers will get the best that I can write.

  55. leticiaykeda on June 16, 2009 at 10:51 am

    mike you and really attentive to the fas congratulations!

  56. Geister on June 16, 2009 at 10:44 am

    “Xero 818″… never heared of it :-/

  57. Melissa on June 16, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Haha, this had me in stitches.

  58. zimminator on June 16, 2009 at 9:59 am

    hahhaa that was the best speech ever! lol brad is my hero!!! that was unforgettable. haha dont worry mike, my speech would have been like yours too. not a lot of ppl can do what brad just did haha

  59. ribbe on June 16, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Best speech ever!!

  60. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on June 16, 2009 at 9:25 am

    awwwwwww omg he looks so cute πŸ™‚ Britney’s cover XDXD thansk for sharing with us πŸ™‚ take care and have abgreat day Gabry

  61. Janni_Loves_LP on June 16, 2009 at 9:13 am

    “Brad Delson is one of the world’s most fascinating wonders.” – True! There is no words to describe the phenomenon that is Brad Delson.. πŸ™‚ Awesome speech! It was smart, yet hilarious at the same time! And the Britney cover was legendary! x’D Don’t worry Mike, your speech was really great too, but this… This was epic! πŸ˜€

  62. linkingabo on June 16, 2009 at 7:26 am

    BradΒ΄s cover of BritneyΒ΄s song is awesome πŸ˜€

  63. DRUMMERDALZIEL on June 16, 2009 at 6:50 am

    With vocal talent like that, you HAVE to give Brad a singing part on the next album! Very clever speech, though I’m now wondering if he actually has a Facebook or Twitter account?!

  64. Madlen on June 16, 2009 at 6:10 am

    I saw it yesterday and I thought it was really funny:)He was really good…great job.My favorite part is the britney spears cover…it will stay in my heart forever!:D

  65. sandra17 on June 16, 2009 at 5:53 am

    I liked Brad speech was entertaining and fun πŸ™‚

  66. lucky_cat on June 16, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Simply amazing. I didn’t know Brad is such a talented entertainer πŸ™‚
    “Each one of you is talented enough, smart enough and driven enough to turn the seeds of your imagination into the fruit of your reality …” Pretty nice. (And I’m so proud I was able to understand it, lol.)

  67. po2ja on June 16, 2009 at 4:56 am

    Brad is hilarious…. Really nice speech

  68. majkeen on June 16, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Yes, that was really awesome πŸ˜€ But your speech was really good too, Mike πŸ™‚
    Hope you come to Sweden somtime soon ! πŸ™‚

  69. Sharisse on June 16, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Thanks for posting Brad’s commencement speech. I was looking forward to seeing it ever since I heard he was going to do it. He did such an amazing job and I couldn’t stop laughing. Very entertaining.

  70. sherrii on June 16, 2009 at 3:00 am

    ah i love Brad! just too much awesomeness =)

  71. jenshinoda88 on June 16, 2009 at 2:44 am

    Brad is fantastic! I could get to my school! ahaahhh and a beautiful voice! ahahahhhah certainly would have preferred to hear his voice in a piece of lp and not on the notes of brit .. but that is good … great video! Thanks Mike! I’m looking forward to again in a concert .. soon … πŸ˜‰

  72. keineAhnung on June 16, 2009 at 2:01 am

    I…JUST…LOVE…IT!!!!!!…awesome speech!!! (even if he seemed a bit nervous at the end -> rule #1: NEVER fold your arms while speaking ;P ) …I would have never thought brad could be that funny :s …but as I said before: tell him he should speak at my commencement next year!!!!!!!! would definitely be a nice change to listen to him instead of our principal, professors and industry people…ROFL

  73. Daniel on June 16, 2009 at 1:43 am

    brad is amazing in the speech!! i love it when he sings the song!!! greeting from Hong Kong, waiting for u guys in Aug in Macau.

  74. ParkParkPark on June 16, 2009 at 1:34 am

    I really like BBB!! XD What a hilarious video! Especially when he sings, I was really laughing loud:P Really nice speech and I like it so much. Brad, thank U for ur nice speech! πŸ˜€

  75. skindesbous on June 16, 2009 at 1:19 am

    I used to think, I had the answer to everything, but now I know life doesnΒ΄t always go my way, yeah, feels like I’m caught in the middle, that’s when I realize, I’m not a GIRL πŸ˜€ I just couldn’t stop laughing when I saw him, I think this is the most exciting thing I’ve seen in much time, I love it HAHA (like is said in Spain: he put every one in his pocket :])

  76. M4LL0RY on June 16, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Wow, he had me LOL’ing the whole time. He’s really good at public speaking.

    Love the musical numbers! “Blame it on tha a-a-a-a-a-alcohol…” Fucking hilarious…

  77. Lvix on June 16, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Yo Mike, Actually i already watched it yesterday on youtube i was wondering: Why Mike don’t put this up on his blog? But okay, now you did. I didn’t know Brad could be so funny… I like the part where you hear:”Brad I love you”
    and then Brad like: Eemz, yeah we let a few LPU’ers in. Nice to see you to!!
    Wahahaha!! Tell Brad it was good!


  78. Georgiozyg on June 16, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I just wish there were more people like Brad here in Greece. During our Graduation Ceremonies only deans are to speak and usually they start talking about the weirdest of things.

  79. J_fle on June 16, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Utter genius! Loved it. Maybe Brad should go into writing self-help books for public speaking in his spare time?! Well done Mr D! Jen xx

  80. murry on June 16, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I knew Brad would be funny, but I didn’t expect that kind of showmanship. Hahaha… See, all your speech lacked was a musical number and a striptease. He really used every trick in the book didn’t he? Well, he had to in the situation they put him in. He wasn’t exactly facing the most receptive audience. From what I’m hearing from people I know who go to UCLA, though, he really won everybody over. Also, being a West Wing fangirl, I got a thrill when he mentioned Bradley Whitford. I wish I could find the speech he was talking about.

  81. Joie on June 16, 2009 at 12:30 am

    He was hilarious!!! I think both of u should do such things more often.All the universities would love to have you πŸ˜‰

  82. Jynxx on June 16, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Haha this is amazing πŸ™‚
    Only Brad… He gets an amazing reception though πŸ™‚

  83. Hybr1d_7h3ory on June 16, 2009 at 12:25 am

    I have watched these videos for probably about a total of an hour and they never get dull. This is up there with the Ellen speech at Tu Lane.

    I always thought Brad was a witty character, and this just proves it.

    Tell Brad congrats on a great job for me.

    Catch ya later Mike…Hybr1d_7h3ory

  84. zahra on June 16, 2009 at 12:23 am

    ^.^….iT TOOK 4 EVER TO load!!! BUT FINALLY I GET TO SEE IT!!!wow who would have known…big bad brad! he truly amazed me!!and did u know u guys made the best speeches ever!!!i’ll kill my self to get to USLA!! and u guys should promise me to make a speech at my graduation!!! okay??!!lol….how lucky do ppl get ???!!!haha…take care mike and good night!!!

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