Tag: Commencement Speeches

After a Billionaire’s Pledge, Morehouse Looks to Donors to Reduce Student Debt

The surprise announcement elicited disbelief, then jubilation from the crowd of 396 graduates at Morehouse College’s commencement in May, and from onlookers like Xavier Antoine, a junior who was photographing the celebration. “This is my class, 2019, and my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans,” Robert F. Smith, the richest black […]

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The Case Against Hope

“Now what?” is a question I ask myself often. It’s a question many recent graduates are asking themselves this spring, after collecting their hard-earned diplomas. And it is a good question for them to contemplate as they try to figure out how to move forward. Because I write about difficult subjects — gender, sexual violence, […]

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Jenny Slate Will Give a Graduation Speech to a Class of One

On Cuttyhunk Island, a tiny place just off Cape Cod, the only graduating eighth grader, Gwen Lynch, is the talk of the town. Gwen’s graduation ceremony from Cuttyhunk Elementary on June 17 will include a speech by a celebrity: Jenny Slate, best known for her role on “Parks and Recreation” and as the voice of […]

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