Commencement season: Speakers share inspiration, insight, and advice with college grads

Jim Lehrer

The former “PBS NewsHour” host and executive editor spoke at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. “Some of the dumbest people I know received diplomas from esteemed institutions of higher learning. They took that diploma in their hot little hands and never read another book, never considered another fresh or new idea, and – most tragically for their society and country – never again paid attention to much of anything other than themselves, much of anything that wasn’t happening around them or to others. Please, please, please do not do that.”

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