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'Lemony Snicket' Out As Wesleyan Speaker Amid Reports Of Inappropriate Comments

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 19:17:34 -0500

Anita Hill will take the author's place at the commencement ceremony.

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Will Ferrell Caps USC Commencement Speech By Belting 'I Will Always Love You'

Fri, 12 May 2017 15:15:39 -0400

But he actually had some pretty touching advice for the graduates, too.

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Dear Younger Me: Here Are 15 Things You Should Know

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:06:39 -0400

You’re in for one hell of a ride, but don’t worry –- you got this.

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Seeing Today Through Helen Keller's Eyes

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:54:43 -0400

Highlights From Student Graduation Speeches In 2016

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:26:08 -0400

These are the messages that grads shared at commencement ceremonies.

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To Live Is To Leave... Along A Yellow Brick Road

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:10:38 -0400

We all know that the proverbial sayings are true, that whether your road is paved with yellow bricks or grey concrete, everyone's life path will encounter difficulty. When facing the inevitable hardships, it's worth remembering this bit of navigation advice.

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Senior Class Speech for the University of the District of Columbia Class of 2016

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:49:57 -0400

Adopted from a speech at the University of the District of Columbia. To President Mason, Executive Cabinet, Board of Trustees

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Jessie's Major Keys To A Lit Lifestyle at the University of Maryland Journalism Commencement

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:47:56 -0400

Adopted from a graduation speech at the University of Maryland.  Faculty, students, parents and staff, good morning. How

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Wharton Class of 2016 Graduation Speech: We Are Different In A Good Way

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 14:45:48 -0400

"Do not forget how blessed we have been and that what ignites true happiness is giving back."

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The Choices You Have To Make

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:01:16 -0400

One of the privileges of a great society is defined in part by the choices we have. And you have many good and important ones ahead of you.

Choose Right Now

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:42:53 -0400

For the last three years, I've told your classmates that yours is the most important generation in human history, that you stand as the bridge between the adolescence and the potential for the adulthood of humanity.

'A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand': Ken Burns' Stanford Commencement Address

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 16:18:23 -0400

You are the latest generation and you are, whether you are yet aware of it or not, charged with saving our Union.

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Ken Burns Offers Blistering Takedown Of Donald Trump In Stanford Commencement Speech

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 16:14:17 -0400

"Asking this man to assume the highest office in the land would be like asking a newly minted car driver to fly a 747."

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Did Michelle Obama Just Start Her Senate Campaign?

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:11:48 -0400

In the collective cheer for Michelle Obama's pro-diversity, anti "wall" remarks, we seem to have missed a more telling possibility -- it might just be an opening salvo for her own, post-White House, senate election campaign.