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Mortarboards Fly High

…gentlemen of the class of 1997: wear sunscreen.” The urban legend has it that this is the opening of Kurt Vonnegut’s commencement speech at MIT. The fact that MIT’s actual commencement speaker that year was the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan did not stop this…
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Graduation 2020: Squirm a Little

…antsy about 3 minutes into a commencement ceremony, usually before the invocation is complete. Not me. I cannot get enough. In addition to our family commencements, I watched Obama’s Graduation Together and Oprah’s Commencement speech to Tennessee State University Class of 2020. I even listened…
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Pomp and Circumstance

…and what does this have to do with mental health? Photo Credit Graduation is also commonly referred to as commencement – appropriately capturing that this milestone is both a culmination and a beginning. It marks the culmination of an educational journey – or at least…
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Graduation Speeches 2023

…and founder of the Recovery Café and the Recovery Café Network, Noe’s commencement speech emphasized the role of social connection in mental health and addiction recovery. She is passionate about creating spaces where people who have experienced homelessness, addiction, and other mental health challenges can…
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Graduation Junkie

…University’s 2018 Commencement speaker. Human rights lawyer, social justice activist, and author of the NY Times bestseller, Just Mercy, Stevenson is also the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. He is devoting his life to raising awareness about the deep-rooted racial injustice…
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Five Years of Five on Friday

…single story.” Over the last fifteen months, I have written frequently, and from many angles, about mental health and COVID-19 –  beginning with my physician sister’s experience on the frontlines in the early weeks of the pandemic. I wrote about COVID commencements, sleep disturbances, cultivating…
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Graduation 2022

…Bonker, who is affected by non-speaking autism and communicates solely by typing, urged her fellow graduates to use their voice for good. Singer, songwriter, producer, and director Taylor Swift delivered the N.Y.U. commencement address at Yankee Stadium and spoke about things that make us cringe…
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