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Amy Poehler Gives Funny, Wise Speech to Harvard Grads [VIDEO]

Graduates of Harvard University were all in tears on Monday, but probably not for reasons that you’d expect. Parks and Recreation lead, Amy Poehler, delivered a graduation speech for 2011’s class, and her hilarious anecdotes left her audience crying with laughter.

The comedian and actress, who got her start on SNL, had this opening line for her speech:

“Friends, Romans, country men, lend me your beers.”

She also reminisced about the times she had in college.

“I tried to write today’s speech the way I wrote everything in college: I stayed up all night, typing on a Canon word processor while listening to Sir Mix A Lot,” she admitted.

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Michelle Obama Tells Graduates to Keep Trying, No Matter What

The commencement speaker at my school’s graduation this year was U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. He delivered a very entertaining and thought-provoking speech, but when I heard that Michelle Obama delivered the commencement speech at Spelman College, I could not help but feel a little bit jealous.

On May 14, 2011, Michelle delivered the commencement speech at the traditionally black women’s college in Atlanta, Georgia. In her speech, Michelle discussed important historical events in the school’s past and mentioned many famous almuni members, such as LaTanya Richardson, Eva Rutland, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and Alberta Williams King. In her speech, Michelle warned the graduating seniors that their education is not something they should take for granted nor is it a “gift with which you can do whatever you please. [Instead,] it is a commitment that comes with a certain set of obligations, obligations that don’t end when you march through that arch today.”

In my opinion, one of the most inspiring parts of Michelle’s speech was when she told the graduates how to respond to those who tried to hold them back from their dreams.

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Commencement Speakers Encourage Class of 2010 to Be the Change They Wish to See

784498_graduationAfter reading recaps and reports of commencement speech after commencement speech, what seems to be a trend this year was the blunt advice of the notable leaders who are encouraging the graduating class to “be the change [they] wish to see in the world,” which was first made famous by Gandhi.

They were telling students to put their money (or their actions in most cases) where their mouth was by encouraging students who said that they would like America to offer better housing options for more reasonable prices to become construction contractors and work to build those efforts, literally.

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Obama Says Education Can Break Inequality Barriers

President Obama at Hampton University: Image Via AP/Steve Helber

President Obama at Hampton University: Image Via AP/Steve Helber

On Sunday May 9, President Obama addressed nearly 11,000 graduates at the Armstrong Stadium at the historically African-American Hampton University.

He recalled the university’s historical founding in September 1861 as an educational institute for slaves who had escaped nearby plantations in the Confederate south and sought asylum. Obama, the first African-American U.S. president, paralleled the founders beliefs with his own that education could break barriers of inequality.

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President Obama Will Deliver Commencement Speech at Kalamazoo Central High School

Kalamazoo Central High School

Kalamazoo Central High School

High school seniors at Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan can consider themselves very lucky. These students beat more than 1,000 other public high schools in the national contest to have President Obama deliver the commencement speech at their high school graduation.

It is very common for the President’s commencement speech to be delivered at an university graduation; however, it is much rarer to have this honor bestowed upon a high school. But this trend is about to change.

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2010 Commencement Speakers

GraduationDuring a time with record high unemployment rates, graduating seniors are looking forward to the advice of their college commencement speakers regarding their professional pursuits and for motivation for success in the highly competitive American job market.

Here is a list of some of the nation’s highlighted commencement speakers:

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Obama’s Commencement Speeches Being Protested

Notre Dame senior Greer Hannan plans to protest President Obama's attendance at her graduation Sunday because of his support of abortion rights. Via USA Today.

Notre Dame senior Greer Hannan plans to protest President Obama's attendance at her graduation Sunday because of his support of abortion rights. Via USA Today.

I don’t know about you, but I think the speaker at any graduation ceremony is very important. That person will hopefully give the graduates and their families some new, deep, thought-provoking words to contemplate on their special day. And, seriously, how cool would it be to have the President of the United States of America speak at your graduation? The most powerful man in the free world, telling you what he thinks you should know before you enter the “grown-up” world. Pretty sweet in my opinion! This year, Obama will be speaking at three universities during the commencement ceremonies. And at two of those three universities, the students are not too happy about it.

Greer Hannan, a senior at Notre Dame, plans to have a cross and a pair of baby feet printed on her mortar board. She is doing this to protest Obama’s pro-choice stance on abortion. Read the rest of this entry »





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