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Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey suggests that young people should not be discouraged from working an internship or job that isn't perfect in every way. "Your job...

Warren Buffett

"The best education you can get is investing in yourself. But this doesn't always mean college or university." This article first...

Sheryl Sandberg

For Sandberg, her biggest high school regret was not participating in math competitions because she would have been the only girl....

Will Ferrell

Not everyone will believe in you. "To some people I will be annoying. Some people will not think I'm funny, and that's okay," says...

2025 Vision

By 2025, we envision hundreds - maybe even thousands - of our society's most influential role models delivering Day One Commencement addresses in September on day one of high school, not only in May on the last day of college.  

Why We Exist

The majority of wisdom and career advice from society's most influential role models is designed for college students on their LAST DAY before they graduate. But we are flipping that notion on its head and asking the Oprah Winfreys and Warren Buffetts of the world to share career advice with students eight years earlier on DAY ONE of high school! Thus giving them time to explore, try new things, and grow with a longer term goal in mind.

That's what DAY ONE Commencement is all about.  

About Us

David Dvorkin

Founder, Hire Cause

Founder, Day One Commencement

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  • Founder of Day One Commencement & Hire Cause

  • Partnered with mentors at companies including Google, Facebook, and American Express to provide more than 200 students with work experience.


  • Previously worked in radio industry for 10 years

  • Managed sponsorship sales for Grammy Awards

  • Chosen to run company's summer internship program

  • Selected to lead the hiring of recent college graduates

  • Saw up close the skills college graduates were missing 

  • Realized that these skills were not being taught in classrooms or internships and felt compelled to do something about it through founding an organization called Hire Cause.

  • Noticed that our society was saving the greatest wisdom and career advice from society's most influential role models for the last day of college.  Felt compelled to reverse the order and create DAY ONE Commencement.  


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