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President Obama Hails America’s, and African-Americans’, Progress at Howard University Graduation

“Be confident in your blackness” was his advice as he painted a highly optimistic picture of social and economic progress in the U.S. in recent decades, even when it comes to the national scourge of racism.

Posted on May 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: John Waters Has Some Wonderfully Witty Advice for the Class of 2015

“Go out in the world and f–k it up beautifully” is auteur John Waters’ advice to this year’s graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The High School Valedictory Address You Weren’t Supposed to Hear

Evan Young was valedictorian of this year’s graduating class at Twin Peaks Charter Academy High School in Longmont, Colo. He’d planned to give his valedictory address at the graduation ceremony May 16. But Principal B.J. Buchmann didn’t give him the chance.

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You’ve Been Scammed! Going for Broke in Ponzi-Scheme America

In possibly the last graduation speech of 2015, I know I should begin by praising your grit, your essential character, your determination to get this far. But today, it’s money, not character, that’s on my mind. For so many of you, your education has been a classic scam, and you’re not even attending an institution of higher learning officially set up to take you for a ride.

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The Last Commencement Address: Surveilling the Class of 2014

Internet Class of 2014, I’m in awe of you! To this giant, darkened auditorium filled with sparkling screens of every sort, welcome!

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Dustin Lance Black Speaks: Pasadena City College Officials Created ‘Toxic and Dishonest’ Atmosphere

The president and board of trustees at Pasadena City College thrust their school into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently with a political and public relations debacle involving PCC alumnus and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

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At World’s End and Back Again

On this sun-dappled afternoon, class of 2013, I want to make a suggestion. Take out your iPhone. Text a friend at a graduation ceremony elsewhere. Chat with your relatives. Amuse yourself. In the meantime, let me address a group with far less time than you, but perhaps a longer attention span at this particular moment—my own cohort.

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This Is Water: Fishy Advice From David Foster Wallace

A viral video adaptation of a commencement speech given in 2005 by the hugely influential late American author reaches for a healing vision of a common humanity amid the relentless crushings of a capitalized and corporatized society.

Posted on May 15, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Triumph of Progressivism: Graduation 2013 and 1968

Many of you soon-to-be college graduates are determined to make the world a better place. But many of you are cynical about politics. “What chance do we have against the Koch brothers and the other billionaires?” you’ve asked me. “How can we fight against Monsanto, Boeing, JPMorgan and Bank of America? They buy elections. They run America.”

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The Rise of the Five-Year Degree

The average length of time spent earning a bachelor’s degree has been steadily rising among American university students for the past 30 years, and the change is not entirely explained by a consideration of part-time and returning students, an economist says. (more)

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Michigan Law Grads Walk Out for Gay Rights

More than 100 graduates of the University of Michigan Law School left mid-ceremony Saturday to protest commencement speaker Sen. Rob Portman’s position against gay marriage and adoption.

Posted on May 10, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


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A Teachable Moment From an Esteemed Teacher

At a time when our country’s educational system is sliding down our government’s priority list, it takes reminders like this one, by noted California educator Jim Mamer, to set us straight and offer some much-needed inspiration.

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Meryl Streep Gives Barnard Grads a Royal Sendoff

At least you know when you ask an Oscar-winning actress to be your commencement speaker that she probably won’t botch her lines, but will she actually have anything of value to say, or will she just spend 90 minutes exploring the nuances of her “craft”? (continued)

Posted on May 19, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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The Stakes at Notre Dame

You have heard the expression “more Catholic than the pope.” We now know that the reaction of right-wing Catholics to Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama falls into this category.

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Bush Compares Today’s World to WWII

Speaking at the United States Air Force Academy graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs on Wednesday, President Bush readied the Class of 2008 for their future in the military by making repeated references to “the Greatest Generation” and World War II—oh, and also by body-slamming graduates.

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Colbert to Grads: English Is God’s Language

As the commencement speaker for a small Illinois college, satirist Stephen Colbert told the graduates, ?God wrote [the Bible] in English for a reason: So it could be taught in our public schools.?

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Jean Rohe Tells Olbermann About Her McCain K.O.

Our Truthdigger of the Week goes on MSNBC to share her story of standing up to Sen. John McCain.

Posted on May 23, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN


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McCain Is Booed at Graduation Speech

The Arizona senator got heavily jeered during his commencement address for a New York university. One student banner read, “Our commencement is not your platform.”

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