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Dr. E. O. Wilson, University of North Carolina, 2011

Dr. E. O. Wilson, environmental research professor University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina May 8, 2011 Dr. Wilson was a research professor and museum curator at Harvard University who changed the way humans think about nature with his work in the fields of entomology, animal behavior, evolutionary psychology, island biogeography, biodiversity, environmental ethics,… Continue reading Dr. E. O. Wilson, University of North Carolina, 2011

Stephen Colbert, Northwestern University, 2011

Stephen Colbert, comedian and political commentator Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois June 17, 2011 Stephen Colbert, 1986 “graduate” (you’ll see) of Northwestern University, is an American comedian who got popular with his alter-ego, Stephen Colbert, on his comedic political commentary show, The Colbert Report. Since 2015, Colbert has hosted The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Northwestern… Continue reading Stephen Colbert, Northwestern University, 2011

Barack Obama, Barnard College, 2012

Barack Obama, former U.S. president Barnard College New York City, New York May 14, 2012 President Obama was a 1983 graduate of Columbia College, Barnard’s big brother. He later graduated from Harvard Law School and found a career in public service, leading to his 2008-2016 two-term presidency. In this speech, Obama addresses the all-women’s-college crowd… Continue reading Barack Obama, Barnard College, 2012

Inspirational Commencement Speeches: 1936 to 2022

Messengers of the Era Right away, commencement speakers face a dramatic challenge: addressing the attitudinal transformation of their audience over these last few years. As our future becomes increasingly dark, many students feel that we their parents and grandparents, have fostered almost irredeemable catastrophes; we have failed environmentally, politically, socially, morally, and spiritually. Even our… Continue reading Inspirational Commencement Speeches: 1936 to 2022