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  • Commencement Season

    05/24/2016 3:41:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | May 24, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    This is the season of college Commencement speeches -- an art form that has seldom been memorable, but has increasingly become toxic in recent times. Two themes seem to dominate Commencement speeches. One is shameless self-advertising by people in government, or in related organizations supported by the taxpayers or donors, saying how nobler it is to be in "public service" than working in business or other "selfish" activities. In other words, the message is that it is morally superior to be in organizations consuming output produced by others than to be in organizations which produce that output. Moreover, being morally...
  • Obama’s Awful Message To Graduates

    05/12/2016 5:05:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | March 12, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    resident Obama wants you to know you aren’t responsible for your actions, and your choices in life aren’t nearly as important as luck. If that sounds stupid, it’s only because it is. Yet that was the message the president told graduating students at Howard University last Saturday, and few things could be more damaging. The president’s commencement address, widely praised by liberals, was riddled with typically divisive progressive messages and an unfortunate amount of absolution of personal responsibility. “We can't walk by a homeless man without asking why a society as wealthy as ours allows that state of affairs to...
  • Moving Tassels Left

    06/08/2015 7:45:11 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 7, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Young America’s Foundation has once again compiled an invaluable compendium of this season’s commencement speakers and found, once again, that they overwhelmingly represent one point of view. Moreover, in our review of 127 of the arguably representative speakers they highlight, we note that one-third—41—have discernible political views. By the most expansive definition, one-third of these—10—can be called anything from apolitical to definitively conservative: • Gen. Philip M. Breedlove at the Georgia Institute of Technology, • Former President George W. Bush at Southern Methodist University • Former Secretary of labor , Elaine Chao, retired Admiral Thad Allen, at Georgetown •...
  • Journalists Highlight 2015 Commencement Speakers List

    06/02/2015 9:58:36 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 2, 2015 | Don Irvine
    From TV Newser. Not too many conservatives on the list. FBN’s Maria Bartiromo: New York University – Graduate School of Arts and Science (NY), May 19 CBS’s Margaret Brennan: Niagara University – College of Arts and Sciences and Education (NY), May 16 PBS’s David Brooks: Westmont College (CA), May 8… Dartmouth College (NH), June 14 NBC’s Tom Brokaw: High Point University (NC), May 8 Yahoo’s Katie Couric: University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI), May 16 NBC’s Josh Elliott: University of California, Santa Barbara – Humanities and Arts (CA), June 15 NBC’s Richard Engel: Stanford University (CA), June 14 CNBC’s Sharon Epperson: Carlow...
  • High schools changing rules for gowns at commencement

    05/17/2015 3:55:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 16, 2015 | Jeremy C. Fox
    For years, Sharon High School parents had help finding their sons and daughters among the sea of gowns on graduation day: boys all sported deep maroon, while girls wore pristine white. But last year, students approached principal Jose Libano with a proposal: end the tradition, which alienated some students. Now, all graduates wear maroon. Around the region, longstanding customs of assigning graduation colors by sex are giving way to new realities, driven by transgender student activists and supportive educators and classmates of all stripes. The change reflects a growing awareness that simple categories of male and female do not fit...
  • Comedian Ed Helms Tears Into Rolling Stone During UVA Commencement Speech

    05/16/2015 11:10:17 AM PDT · by drewh · 6 replies ^ | 11:41 am, May 16th, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Comedian Ed Helms delivered the commencement address at the University of Virginia yesterday, and took a moment to really tear into Rolling Stone for how much its discredited UVA rape report hurt the community. Helms, whom you’ll recognize as Andy from The Office or Stu from the Hangover movies, mostly kept things light and joke-y, and even gave a shoutout to the UVA a capella group that made an appearance with him one time on The Office. Helms talked about his own experience being “defined by outsiders,” and acknowledge that’s happened to the UVA community as well, before squaring in...
  • Denzel Washington's number one tip for successful living: 'put God first in everything'

    05/13/2015 7:16:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 05/12/2015 | Lucinda Borkett-Jones
    Denzel Washington told graduating students to "put God first in everything" in his commencement address at Dillard University in New Orleans on Saturday. His address covered everything from motivation and discipline, to how to think about money and success, but the underlying theme was dependency on God and gratitude for what God has given you. The two-time Academy Award-winning actor said: "Everything that you think you see in me, everything that I've accomplished, everything that you think I have – and I have a few things – everything I have is by the grace of God... It's a gift." Washington,...
  • Michelle Obama Should Have Read the Founder of Tuskegee University Before She Spoke There

    05/12/2015 9:31:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 12, 2015
    First lady Michelle Obama may know the names of the world’s most famous clothes designers, and she may even know how to dance the Uptown Funk, but judging from her commencement speech to the graduates of a historically black university in Alabama, America’s race-baiting FLOTUS knows nothing about great American civil rights leader, accomplished scholar, and founder of Tuskegee University, the late Booker T. Washington. Michelle Obama’s remarks at the commencement sounded more like she was paying homage to W.E.B. DuBois, who believed in civil rights via agitation and political activism, than DuBois’ adversary, ex-slave Booker Taliaferro Washington, who wrote...
  • Backlash At University of North Texas Over Governor Abbott As Graduation Speaker

    04/07/2015 7:38:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | 04/07/2015 | Brian New
    DENTON (CBS 11 NEWS) – The announcement that Governor Greg Abbott will be the keynote speaker at the University of North Texas’ commencement ceremony has been met with an online backlash from students. Nearly 2,000 people, as of Monday evening, have signed an online petition asking the university’s president to replace Abbott as the commencement speaker. Hundreds have also joined Facebook group called “Abbott Free UNT.” “Abbott doesn’t represent the campus on many levels,” said senior UNT student A.J. Aguinaga, who now plans to skip the ceremony. Aguinaga is among several students who organized the petition. “I do not think...
  • COMMENTARY: Another High School Graduation Speech Jeopardized!

    08/06/2014 7:09:27 AM PDT · by statestreet · 6 replies
    Liberty Institute ^ | July 31, 2014 | Liberty Institute
    It is starting to feel like Groundhog Day in this country. In the past couple of years, some of the best and brightest students in America have boldly shared their stories of personal faith from the stage at their high school graduation. But instead of standing ovations, these young men and women have been met with shut off microphones, black markers, and threats of jail time. Why? Because decades of threats and attacks have left schools cringing at the thought of student religious liberty. SORRY, GRADUATE, YOU CAN’T TALK ABOUT GOD Rebekah Izzo presents the newest case of schools’ attempts...
  • Hole in the Diversity Grail

    06/04/2014 7:24:19 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 3, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Academia is doubling down on diversity and on anyone who comes near it offering diverse thoughts. condoleezza rice A special supplement of The Chronicle of Higher Education features articles entitled: “First-Generation at Georgetown—A broad support system helps students succeed among wealthier—and worldlier—classmates;” “Undocumented at Berkeley—A special program at Berkeley gives young immigrants a pathway;” “Navigating the Fafsa Wilderness—A U. of Buffalo professor’s project to help students fill out the complicated aid forms has helped more go to college;” and “Helping Hispanic Students Beat the Odds.” Worthy goals to be sure, at least those that don’t skirt U.S. immigration law. Nevertheless,...
  • The Worst That Can Happen Is You, Sec. Kerry

    05/31/2014 1:52:32 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 13 replies
    The Worst That Can Happen Is You, Sec. Kerry by Daniel Clark Rather than try to inspire the graduates at Boston College, Secretary of State John Kerry used the occasion of his commencement address to proselytize on behalf of the “climate change” doomsday cult. As reported by The Weekly Standard, the former senator and presidential nominee charged global warming skeptics with “risking nothing less than the future of the entire planet.” If, on the other hand, he and his fellow alarmists prove to be wrong, he asked “What’s the worst that can happen?” For starters, we might needlessly retard our...
  • Life Lessons From Navy SEAL Training

    05/25/2014 8:19:48 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal | 5/23/14 | William H. McRaven
    The University of Texas slogan is "What starts here changes the world." I have to admit—I kinda like it. "What starts here changes the world." Tonight there are almost 8,000 students graduating from UT. That great paragon of analytical rigor, Ask.Com, says that the average American will meet 10,000 people in their lifetime. That's a lot of folks. But if every one of you changed the lives of just 10 people, and each one of those folks changed the lives of another 10 people—just 10—then in five generations, 125 years, the class of 2014 will have changed the lives of...
  • Barbarism Is Set Back -- For Now

    05/23/2014 9:06:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | May 23, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    This story has a very troubling start, but a pretty satisfying conclusion -- if it really is the conclusion. Among the contemptible episodes of student/faculty heckler's vetoes at commencement ceremonies this year (Condoleezza Rice, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Christine Lagarde and others have been disinvited from leading universities following ignorant and aggressively intolerant protests), one of the most disturbing concerned the treatment of Robert Birgeneau by Haverford College. Birgeneau is the recently retired chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. You don't get to be chancellor of Berkeley if you've got the political opinions of, say, Mitch McConnell, and Birgeneau is...
  • Jeb Bush hints at 2016 run, talks up faith in his only commencement address this year

    05/22/2014 8:20:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/17/2014 | Robert Costa
    In his lone commencement address of the year, former Florida governor Jeb Bush urged students at a Christian liberal arts college Saturday to reaffirm their socially conservative values, a sign that he is underscoring his own as he considers running in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. “Remain true to your convictions and your faith,” Bush said, speaking at Grove City College in northwestern Pennsylvania. “This may seem a little challenging today, where we have a federal government that is willingly violating the religious freedom of its citizens. But we don’t have to accept it.” Dropping a possible hint about his...
  • Sarah Palin speaks at New Hope commencement (Video of coverage of speech)

    05/22/2014 12:55:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WSFA-TV ^ | May 21, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)NEW HOPE, AL (WAFF) - Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin visited Huntsville on Wednesday to speak at a graduation ceremony. Palin was asked to be the keynote speaker for New Hope High School's commencement ceremony. Tickets to her speech were available to the general public, but these tickets were soon no longer available. In a statement, the school system said New Hope High School would provide adequate tickets to graduates and their family and friends, as well as to the community. Despite there being no tickets available through official channels, it has not stopped some folks from trying to...
  • In Season of Protest, Haverford College Commencement Speaker Is Latest to Bow Out

    05/14/2014 12:24:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/14/2014 | By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEŃA
    Haverford College on Tuesday joined a growing list of schools to lose commencement speakers to protests from the left, when Robert J. Birgeneau, a former chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley, withdrew from this weekend’s event. Some students and faculty members at Haverford, a liberal arts college near Philadelphia, objected to the invitation to Mr. Birgeneau to speak and receive an honorary degree because, under him, the University of California police used batons to break up an Occupy protest in 2011. He first stated his support for the police, and then a few days later, saying that he was...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Commencement Address at Stephen F. Austin State University

    05/10/2014 8:38:11 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 11 replies ^ | May 10, 2014 | SenTedCruz·
    Ted Cruz gives an inspirational Commencement address at Stephen F. Austin State University.
  • The Value of Leadership: Allen West Inspires Grads at The King's College 2013 Commencement Ceremony

    06/15/2013 9:53:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Col. Allen West addresses The King's College 2013 graduating class. Through stories of his own life in military service and governement, and historical recounts of the Cold War, and other challenging eras in America's history, Col. West urges the graduates to be great leaders with courage and conviction to help lead America into a bright future. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO...
  • Sarah Palin speaks at Republic (Washington) High School graduation

    06/02/2013 5:58:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 20 replies
    (Spokane) Spokesman-Review ^ | June 2, 2013 | Kip Hill
    Former Alaska governor and Republican firebrand Sarah Palin brought a gift and a surprise for residents of this town of 1,100 who crowded the high school gym to celebrate its graduation Saturday afternoon. Grads found the gift taped under their chairs onstage: a dollar bill. The currency taught a life lesson, Palin said. “You gotta get off your butt to make a buck,” Palin said, to cheers from the crowd of 700 or so who had nabbed tickets to the event. The surprise came later, as Palin revealed the motivation for her acceptance of the invitation from senior class President...
  • It's Come To This: Sarah Palin To Address Graduating Class of 26 in Republic, WA

    05/30/2013 9:22:36 PM PDT · by Bratch · 88 replies
    Seattle Weekly ^ | May 30, 2013 | Ellis E. Conklin
    A very persistent Republic High School senior with an odd fascination for Sarah Palin managed to convince the sassy caribou-skinning gal from Wasilla to bring her show – or what little is left of it – to the tiny Eastern Washington town of Republic. If you haven’t heard, Palin, whose boundless anti-intellectualism can still leave one breathless, will deliver the commencement address to the school’s graduating class of 26 on Saturday afternoon. Each graduate has been given 20 tickets to distribute, which should guarantee that the 700-person capacity gym will be pleasantly stuffed. Still, to a large extent, Palin’s visit...
  • Ted Cruz at Hillsdale: “Economic freedom and the prosperity it generates reduces poverty"

    05/27/2013 4:21:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/27/2013 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    President Obama’s lecturecommencement speech to the Naval Academy graduates on Friday left behind such a poor and lingering aftertaste, I thought this commencement speech from Sen. Ted Cruz to the graduates of Hillsdale might make a nice sort of belated palate cleanser. Sen. Cruz’s message was all about the inherent virtues of freedom, the American meritocracy, and the accompanying economic mobility, in which people’s rises and falls are directly related to their “talent, passion, perseverance, and willingness to fight for the American dream.” The best part about it all, of course, is that by pursuing and developing your own unique...

    05/14/2013 6:27:39 AM PDT · by topher · 13 replies
    Boston ^ | 5-10-2013 | Sean Cardinal O'Malley
    BOSTON COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT STATEMENT Cardinal Sean May 10, 2013 Because the Gospel of Life is the centerpiece of the Church’s social doctrine and because we consider abortion a crime against humanity, the Catholic Bishops of the United States have asked that Catholic institutions not honor government officials or politicians who promote abortion with their laws and policies. Recently I learned that the Prime Minister of Ireland, the Hon. Mr. Enda Kenny was slated to receive an honorary degree at Boston College’s graduation this year. I am sure that the invitation was made in good faith, long before it came to...
  • Obama's Demeaning Commencement Address

    05/10/2013 8:24:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/10/2013 | Janice Shaw Crouse
    As a presidential speech writer for the first Bush White House, I am always very interested in what presidents say in their formal speeches. They know, of course, that their remarks will be widely covered by the press, studied by analysts, and influential in contemporary political debates. For that reason, presidents rarely speak off-the-cuff, and their every word is carefully chosen for exactly the message the White House wants to convey to the public. Their graduation speeches, like all presidential addresses, go through many drafts and are reviewed by high-level administration officials to ensure that they accurately reflect the administration's...
  • Wellesley High grads told: “You’re not special”

    06/08/2012 12:44:49 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 11 replies ^ | June 5, 2012 | Brown, David McCullough, Jr.’s
    We’d been hearing good things over the weekend about Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough, Jr.’s faculty speech to the Class of 2012 last Friday. Here it is, in its entirety, courtesy of Mr. McCullough: Dr. Wong, Dr. Keough, Mrs. Novogroski, Ms. Curran, members of the board of education, family and friends of the graduates, ladies and gentlemen of the Wellesley High School class of 2012, for the privilege of speaking to you this afternoon, I am honored and grateful. Thank you. So here we are… commencement… life’s great forward-looking ceremony. (And don’t say, “What about weddings?” Weddings are...
  • Obama hypocrisy: Joplin High School commencement address - "Generosity, Selfishness"

    05/24/2012 9:30:31 AM PDT · by Frankusa · 12 replies
    Addressing the graduating seniors of Joplin High School during a commencement speech on Monday, President Obama praised the selfless response of the Joplin community, and other kindhearted individuals, in the aftermath of the horrific tornadoes that struck the city last year. But the President cautioned the students that "as you begin the next stage in your journey, you will encounter greed and selfishness; ignorance and cruelty. You will meet people...who believe looking after others is only for suckers." "But", the President added, "you [the students] are from Joplin. So you will remember, you will know, just how many people there...
  • Heckler to Sebelius at Georgetown: ‘You’re a Murderer, Abortion is Murder!’

    05/19/2012 10:29:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 19, 2012 | Edwin Mora
    ( -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who supports abortion, was heckled and called a “murderer” by a pro-life activist as she gave a speech to graduating students on Friday at Georgetown University, the nation’s oldest Catholic academic institution. Kathleen Sebelius Commencement Address Video“I got a message for you Kathleen Sebelius: You’re a murderer, abortion is murder!” yelled the heckler as he was being escorted out of the room by campus police. The young activist told that he goes by the name of David Lewis.Alluding to Biblical scripture, Lewis also yelled across the room towards Sebelius, “We...

    05/17/2012 1:42:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 17, 2012 | William Bigelow
    The commencement speaker this June at the largest Catholic university believes that Christianity is the most dangerous of devotions and that the earth would benefit from the extinction of man. De Paul University, in Chicago, is hosting E.O. Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and professor of entomology at Harvard University. Wilson’s beliefs run directly contrary to Christian tradition, and his statements are unequivocal in their opposition: 1998: “The most dangerous of devotions, in my opinion, is the one endemic to Christianity: I was not born to be of this world,” as belief in an afterlife weakens man’s devotion to...
  • Over 26,000 petitions sent to Georgetown opposing invitation to HHS Secretary Sebelius

    05/16/2012 3:15:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 16, 2012 | KathLEEN GILBERT
    WASHINGTON, May 16, 2012 ( - The Cardinal Newman Society is sending to Georgetown University President John DiGioia the names of more than 26,000 people who joined an open letter urging Georgetown to cancel an invitation to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak at a diploma ceremony this Friday. The petitions are also being shared with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and Pope Benedict XVI’s ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. “These signers are students, alumni, Catholic families, pastors and others who can no longer tolerate Georgetown University’s betrayal of our Church and...
  • Organized religion ‘is where all the trouble comes from’: DePaul commencement speaker

    05/16/2012 10:35:49 AM PDT · by caldera599 · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 15, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, May 15, 2012, ( – The nation’s largest Catholic university will feature a commencement speaker who believes “the rest of life would benefit enormously” from the extinction of mankind, considers Christianity “the most dangerous of devotions,” and boasted about weakening the “dissolutive, oppressive institutions of organized religion.” Population guru E.O. Wilson will address a combined ceremony of DePaul University‘s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and its College of Science and Health on June 10. The date is his 83rd birthday.
  • Emory University Commencement Speaker Sparks Evolution Controversy

    05/08/2012 1:43:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/08/2012 | Napp Nazworth
    A letter signed by about 500 Emory University faculty, students and alumni seeks to bring attention to the anti-evolution views of Dr. Ben Carson. The world-renowned Johns Hopkins University neurosurgeon will be the Atlanta university's May 14 commencement speaker. The letter does not ask that Carson be dis-invited. Rather, it seeks to bring attention to the issue. It notes Carson's accomplishments as a neurosurgeon and philanthropist, then adds, "But, as those students, their families, and the Emory Community listen to his speech, we ask you to also consider the enormous positive impact of science on our lives and how that...
  • Princeton’s Robert George Understands Why Georgetown Invited Sebelius

    05/08/2012 9:44:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Princeton University Professor Robert George is taken aback by Georgetown University’s invitation to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. But he writes at The Mirror of Justice blog that he understands exactly why they did it: The left-liberals who run the show at Georgetown have found a way to signal to the world that the nation’s oldest Catholic, and most famous Jesuit, university stands with the Obama administration in its war (to use, if I recall correctly, Kathleen Sebelius’s own word) against the Catholic bishops and others who oppose the HHS mandate as a violation of religious freedom and the rights...
  • TVNewser’s 2012 Guide To Graduation Speakers

    05/04/2012 6:04:07 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 6 replies
    TV Newser ^ | May 4, 2012 | Alissa Krinsky
    Tis commencement season, and so without further ado, we present TVNewser’s fifth annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at America’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order): ABC/CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: University of Southern California - Annenberg School of Journalism (CA), May 11 NBC’s Tom Brokaw: Arizona State University (AZ), May 3…Vanderbilt University (TN) – Senior Class Day, May 10 FNC’s SVP of News Editorial Michael Clemente: Warren County Community College (NJ), May 19 ABC’s Katie Couric: University of Virginia (VA), May 20 NBC’s David Gregory: Emerson College (MA), May 14 CNN/CBS’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta: University of Michigan (MI), previously on April 28 NBC’s...
  • Romney to speak at Liberty University commencement

    04/19/2012 12:51:41 PM PDT · by Jones511 · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/19/2012 | Fox News
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to deliver this year's commencement address at Liberty University, the evangelical Christian institution founded by the late televangelist Jerry Falwell Sr. Read more:
  • Mexico's president tells Stanford grads: 'You must never, ever give up' on ideals

    06/18/2011 11:04:16 PM PDT · by KittyKares · 24 replies
    Stanford Report ^ | June 12, 2011 | CYNTHIA HAVEN
    Mexican President Felipe Calderón urged graduating students to "do what so many said was impossible" during Stanford University's 120th Commencement on Sunday in Stanford Stadium. Calderón's visit took place under tight security and with a large contingent of Mexican journalists. Calderón is known internationally for his fight against drug cartels, an effort that has cost many lives. Within Mexico, however, he is also known as a champion who has taken on the tax system, the judicial system, arms control, and financial and immigration reform. *** "It is possible to prevent climate change and foster growth simultaneously," he said, noting Mexico's...
  • Video: The greatest commencement speech ever?

    06/15/2011 8:43:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    hot air ^ | 6/15/11 | Allahpundit
    Haven’t had a chance yet to watch all the way through but if bloggers as diverse as Ace and The Anchoress are saying it’s a must-see, I’ll take my chances on blind-posting it. If you can’t spare the full 25 minutes, watch the last 10 or so. Turns out there’s a deep well of wisdom hidden behind that masturbating bear. There are roughly 80 different items about this speech on Google News, and every last one of them looks to be a rave. Out: Conan O’Brien, late-night host. In: Conan O’Brien, motivational speaker?
  • Catholic University Professors Blast Pro-Life Boehner on Commencement

    05/12/2011 8:28:20 AM PDT · by julieee · 60 replies ^ | May 12, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Catholic University Professors Blast Pro-Life Boehner on Commencement Speaker John Boehner, the pro-life Republican who heads the House of Representatives, is slated to deliver the commencement address at Catholic University, but a group of professors there have blasted him in a new letter.
  • Obama chooses Booker T. Washington in Memphis to deliver commencement speech

    05/10/2011 10:02:53 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 40 replies
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | Bartholomew Sullivan
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will deliver a commencement address at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, the White House has confirmed. After the announcement was expected last Friday and again Monday but delayed, the winner of the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge was named to great expectations after each of the three finalists were notified. The date of the speech has yet to be determined. In his first 27 months in office, Obama has not visited Memphis as president. The other finalists were High Tech High International in San Diego, Calif., and Bridgeport High School in Washington...
  • Schools to compete for Obama commencement address

    02/01/2011 8:59:14 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    AP ^ | February 1, 2011
    WASHINGTON — The White House is offering public high schools across the country a chance to win a commencement address by President Barack Obama. For the second year in a row, the White House is challenging students to demonstrate how their school prepares them for college and a career. Obama will speak at the winning school’s graduation, as he did last year at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Central High School.
  • My Commencement speech to a college graduating class

    07/10/2010 12:23:24 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 5 replies · 2+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 7/10/2010 | Moneyrunner
    Thanks you for the honor of inviting me to speak to you as you wait impatiently to pick up your diplomas and rejoin your families. You are about to go out into the world. At other college commencements graduates are being told to “find your voice,” to fight injustice, to go beyond expectations, to change the world. Most often they are told that they are the future leaders. And that’s true but it’s also a tautology. People older than you will die and you will be left. Some of you will lead the others, and I pray for your sake...
  • Go Forth and Multiply

    06/08/2010 9:37:33 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 15+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | June 8, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Go Forth & Multiply Malcolm A. Kline, June 8, 2010 With the decline of basic math skills that they helped to bring about, about the only place that the political Left can multiply is on college campuses. We can see the multiplication process at work in graduation exercises as the political and media elite use their frequent flyer miles to reach students one more time before they leave the academic nest. Indeed, a random selection of 33 colleges shows that one-third of the speakers chosen by these institutions of higher learning to inspire seniors are conservative, Republican or independent. The...
  • So much for Obama the master orator (Puts High School Student to Sleep at Commencement)

    06/08/2010 6:58:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 40+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 06/08/2010 | Thomas Lifson
    Things fall apart for Obama at an accelerating pace. Now he can't even keep a high school student sitting behind him awake as he delivers a commencement address. From WOOD-TV Grand Rapids: One of the Kalamazoo Central students -- who was seated behind keynote speaker President Barack Obama during Monday night's commencement ceremony -- fell asleep. The student, who earned such a prime seat by singing in the choir, was captured on video due to his proximity to the president. He also was a hot topic on Twitter and the subject of several recently created Facebook pages. Having claimed...
  • Man Collapses During Commencement Speech by President Obama in Michigan – Video Report

    06/08/2010 6:43:56 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 17 replies · 25+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | June 8, 2010 | Brian
    Here is a video report on a man who collapsed during President Obama’s speech at a High School Graduation in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The older man apparently went into cardiac arrest as the President was speaking. Michigan State Senator Tom George was in the audience and said the man “was not breathing and he was pulse-less” when he got to him. George and others initiated CPR until paramedics were able to take the man to the hospital. He is reportedly “responding to treatment.”
  • Helen Thomas agrees to bow out as commencement speaker at Walt Whitman High (DIS-INVITED !!)

    06/07/2010 7:50:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies · 46+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 06/07/2010 | Martin Weil and Debbi Wilgoren
    <p>Veteran journalist Helen Thomas agreed Sunday not to appear as commencement speaker at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, after she was captured on videotape saying that Jews should leave Israel and go "home" to countries like Germany and Poland.</p>
  • Ann Curry speaks at Wheaton College...but which one?

    05/24/2010 8:08:03 PM PDT · by curth · 12 replies · 437+ views
    The Names Blog ^ | May 24, 2010 04:34 PM | Posted by Mark Shanahan
    Where am I? The crowd at Saturday's Wheaton College commencement may have wondered that while listening to Ann Curry's speech to grads. The "Today" show anchor gave a shout-out to a few distinguished Wheaton alums, but there was one problem: They were alums of the other Wheaton College. Curry, a graduate of the University of Oregon, cited evangelist Billy Graham, horror director Wes Craven, and 9/11 hero Todd Beamer, who was a passenger on United Airlines flight 93. While it's true all three attended Wheaton, it was the Christian liberal arts college in Illinois, not the school in Norton where...
  • University of Arizona Professor Booed at Commencement

    05/24/2010 8:18:42 AM PDT · by hcmama · 61 replies · 4,361+ views
    Youtube ^ | May 24, 2010
    Sandra Soto addresses Arizona's SB 1070 law at commencement. The student reaction was encouraging.
  • PHILOSOPHY: WHO NEEDS IT? (The IMPORTANT West Point Commencement Speech)

    05/22/2010 8:06:19 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 34 replies · 843+ views
    Gifts of Speech ^ | March 6, 1974 | Ayn Rand
    Address To The Graduating Class Of The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York - March 6, 1974 Since I am a fiction writer, let us start with a short short story. Suppose that you are an astronaut whose spaceship gets out of control and crashes on an unknown planet. When you regain consciousness and find that you are not hurt badly, the first three questions in or mind would be: Where am I? How can I discover it? What should I do? You see unfamiliar vegetation outside, and there is air to breathe; the sunlight seems paler...
  • Over the edge

    05/19/2010 11:44:11 AM PDT · by syc1959 · 25 replies · 931+ views
    The Drudge Report ^ | May 19, 2010 | syc1959
    The Drudge Report has the following; STUDENTS ASKED FOR 'CITIZEN STATUS' BEFORE OBAMA COMMENCEMENT Obama may personally greet each graduate: Kalamazoo Central seniors to fill out paperwork for Secret Service KALAMAZOO — The White House appears to be laying the groundwork for President Barack Obama to shake the hand of each senior at Kalamazoo Central High School’s commencement ceremony next month. Seniors are being asked to provide their birthdates, Social Security numbers and citizen status to the Secret Service so background checks could be performed. Such a check is required for anyone who gets within an arm’s length of the...
  • Question Authority: A Commencement Address for Today’s Graduates

    05/18/2010 7:57:19 AM PDT · by jacjmm · 1 replies · 113+ views
    TrueNorth Radio ^ | May 18, 2010 | Deborah T. Bucknam
    Question Authority: A Commencement Address for Today’s Graduates By Deborah T. Bucknam I have not been asked to give a commencement address this year, so I have decided to impart my wisdom on the younger generation in written form: Nearly a half a century ago, young people of my generation—the Baby Boomers-- rebelled against what we called the "Establishment" with slogans such as "Question Authority" and "Don’t Trust Anyone over Thirty". We joined causes which transformed American society. You are the beneficiaries of those noble causes which helped to emancipate minorities and women from the racism and bigotry in American...
  • Glenn Beck- Inspiring Commencement Speech At Liberty University (Video)

    05/16/2010 2:23:23 PM PDT · by amabokcarab · 36 replies · 1,816+ views
    The Daily Beck ^ | May 15, 2010 | Glenn Beck
    Thats Dr. Glenn Beck —Thanks to Liberty University Saturday morning in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University conveyed an honorary doctorate in humanities and scientists on Mormon conservative media heavyweight Glenn Beck. Breaking into his trademark tears, Beck told the stadium of 8,000 Liberty University grads and 20,000 friends and family members, "as a man who was never able to go to college—I went for one semester but I couldnt afford any more than that---I am humbled and honored." This was such an inspiring speech, gave me chills. My sister will graduate from Liberty next year, it is truly a great place....