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A Way to Guarantee You Aren’t Invited to Give Commencement Addresses


In a recent blog post, my husband David daydreams about what he’d say to a class of graduating seniors:

Congratulations on your important, though modest, achievement. Your graduation is important because it is — for all too many people in this country — considered a necessary prerequisite for full participation in our nation’s economic and cultural life. This belief is misguided for a number of reasons — we significantly over-value economic advancement, stress education over hard work, and often go deeply into student loan debt which will handcuff us for decades. But it is widespread nonetheless. 

Read his fantasy speech, entitled “It’s Not All about You,” here.


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