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.
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.
Last week, I had the great honor of delivering the Commencement Address at one of my alma maters: California State University Bakersfield, where I d...
I've always loved a good story. As a kid, I dreamed up stories and poems, sometimes to avoid doing homework, sometimes just for the fun of messing aro...
You are the latest generation and you are, whether you are yet aware of it or not, charged with saving our Union.
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.
You all: Aim High. Dig Deep. Work Hard. Love Well. Play Often. Do Good. Encourage Others. Give Thanks. You matter. I'm serious. Your Fan....
Focus on a particular profession during college might increase your odds of a home run in the first-job market or the graduate school admissions game, but it reduces your ability to respond to the many curveballs thrown at you over the course of your working and personal life.
As extraordinary as these times may seem to us, Harvard reminds us we have been here before. It is in some ways reassuring at this 365th Commencement to recall all that Harvard has endured over centuries.
Stress and adversity is a consistent theme of life. Simple tools will help you become more resilient to both the small and large adversities life throws your way.
Class of 2016, it's worth reflecting on a semantic point for a moment: there's a reason this is called a 'commencement address.' The word commencement means the beginning, not the end. Never before has this been more poignant than it is today.
I was truly honored to be able to speak at Bay Path University’s Commencement. My journey in getting to this point was a long and winding ...
Do you know a 25-year-old wandering in their career and life? It's pretty common these days. Nearly half of new graduates are underemployed, working jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
I reached out to 40 leaders from various professions--many of whom are friends, colleagues, or acquaintances--and asked them one question: What advice would you give the 2016 graduating class?
Get close to the people affected by your work. Seek out perspectives different from your own. And work to bring others close with you. Know that history is not in a hurry, but that you can help speed it up. And recognize that while the journey will be long - and you will lose and lose again - it is the struggle itself that will define you.
This is how we all grow. And, at the end of the day, when we find the grace to understand that the people we admire most are not perfect, that sometimes they make poor decisions, they struggle or suffer, then we have the grace to forgive those things in ourselves as well.