Subscribe

Commencement 2013: A sampling of advice to this year's college grads

Comedy writer Robert Orben once said that graduations are ceremonies at which the speaker tells students attired in identical caps and gowns that individuality is the key to success. As on-target as this amusing observation may be, it only begins to represent the variety of advice shared at college graduations. Here are some memorable excerpts from this spring’s speeches:

1. Neighborly outlook

  • close
    Duke University President Richard Brodhead and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, process into Wallace Wade Stadium during Duke University's commencement on Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Durham, N.C.
    View Caption
  • About video ads
    View Caption
of

“You can change the way you think about other people. You can choose to see their humanity first. We are finally creating the tools to turn the world into a neighborhood. You can light up a network of 7 billion people with long-lasting and highly-motivating human connections.”

Melinda Gates

Philanthropist

At Duke University (in Durham, N.C.)

1 of 20

 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK