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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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Education Key in Obama’s State of The Union Address

By Jason Knapfel

Last night’s State of the Union address came at a compelling time in President Obama’s first term in office. It comes on the heels of the Arizona tragedy that took the lives of six people and injured 13 others, including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

This timing has presented an opportunity for the president to try to bring the country a little closer together, which is especially important in these politically divisive times.

President Obama has a little more political capital right now, which could afford him the opportunity to move forward on some initiatives he champions. After his speech in Arizona and some minor signs of economic improvement, the president’s poll numbers are as high as they’ve been since the beginning of his term.

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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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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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President Obama’s Commencement Speech Schedule for 2010

Image Via Zimbio.com

Image Via Zimbio.com

The school year is finally winding down. For many seniors, commencement is at the front of their minds (after finals and job hunting, of course). Usually, the most memorable thing about a commencement ceremony is the speaker. Last year, President Obama gave several commencement speeches on college campuses. At the University of Notre Dame, the president was greeted with outrage due to his pro-choice stance on abortion.

This year, President Obama plans to give commencement speeches at colleges across the country.

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