Commencement Speeches

Useful NYT interactive graphic of popular words/themes in 40 commencement speeches around the U.S. this season. Not much “science” sadly, but lots of “world”.


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  1. Along with humor and engaging audiences, it's a challenge to offer a diverse audience a message that will resonate and leave them with gifts for their journey ahead.

    Here's an example of a storied approach to this challenge. A collage of stories is used to offer students three gifts for their journey (judgment, compassion, and mercy).