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Commencement Addresses

The Right Words From the Right Celebs: Memorable Commencement Speeches

Marlo Thomas | Posted 08.07.2013 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

There are two things that distinguish the commencement address from most other oratory: the speaker's passion and the audience's hunger.By the time they've graduated, most college students have completed four years of grueling book learning and are eager to hear a more practical lesson about the real world into which they're entering.

Rachel Maddow Delivering Smith College Commencement Speech, Students Go Wild For News (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Rachel Maddow will deliver the commencement address at Smith College this spring, and the student reaction at the all-women's college couldn't have be...

Access to Degrees -- Not Just Honorary Degrees

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Roth

I long to see President and Mrs. Obama inspire legislation that improves access to and the sustainability of institutions like those that have honored them this week.