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this week ~ commencement
may 29, 2015

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“Inside every adult lurks a graduation speaker dying to get out, the world-weary pundit eager to pontificate on life to young people who'd rather be rollerblading,” wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mary Schmich. The Chicago Tribune columnist dished up a hypothetical commencement address in the late 90s that went viral, inspired a hit song by Baz Luhrmann + spawned an urban legend that it was delivered at MIT by Kurt Vonnegut.

“Wear sunscreen” turned out be Mary’s most memorable {100% surefire} tip. But, we never get sick of the springtime ritual of hearing heaps of advice that can’t be scientifically proven.

This year’s commencement season is off to a promising start...Maya Rudolph’s already clinched her spot in the grad-speaker hall of fame by “channeling Beyonce” at Tulane.

Enjoy these lines from seasons past. They’re worth a listen + a share ~ whether or not you’re in a cap and gown.


Sophia Smith
the faithful university founder

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"Giving without love is nothing.
Charity proceeds from the heart."

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~ a daughter of a well-to-do New England farmer + sole heir of the family fortune

~ a devout Christian who let the Spirit guide her philanthropy

~ the first woman to found a women’s college

We wouldn’t have female grad speakers much less female grads if it weren’t for visionaries like Sophia. Smith opened its doors in 1875 with 14 students and 6 professors. Today, it’s the largest private women’s college in the US.

Sophia was a philanthropist who knew a thing or two about giving with her heart. The lonely heiress spent 9 years following the deaths of her parents + siblings contemplating what to do with the family estate.

In the end, the shy benefactress made a bold move ~ investing in higher education for women. Women like Smith alums Gloria Steinem, Margaret Mitchell, Sylvia Plath, Julia Child + Nancy Reagan.

Read about Sophia’s determination to enlarge the fair sex’s “power for good” + bring “perennial blessings” to the world in her historic will...

Isabel Allende
the teller of tales of passion

"Happiness is completely overrated. For a life fully lived, you will have to take risks and suffer.
And so what? According to my mother,
if nothing hurts, you are dead."

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~ a political refugee who left Chile after her uncle’s socialist government was overthrown by a military coup

~ a journalist whose farewell letter to her dying grandfather became her first international bestseller

~ a famed novelist who created a foundation to empower women & girls

Isabel is one of the most widely read Spanish-language authors with more than 20 books + a Presidential Medal of Freedom to her name ~ impeccable credentials for any grad speaker.

In 2010, Isabel was invited to give an intimate address...aka embarrass her granddaughter by giving the speech for her high school graduation at a California Catholic school. The San Domenico senior warned her grandma to make sure it was funny for students, appropriate for nuns + brief for everyone. No surprise, she nailed it.

The author’s advice hints at the pain and struggle she’s faced throughout her remarkable life. From an absent father who left the family in debt to death threats + exile to the death of her only daughter at age 28.

Hear more about how writing “what should not be forgotten” has helped Isabel live fully...

Amy Poehler
the comic superstar + smart girl advocate

"You are here because you are smart.
And you are brave.
And if you add kindness and the ability to change a tire, you almost make up the perfect person."

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~ a comedian who got her start in the Chicago improv scene

~ an Emmy-winning sitcom star who has lit up sketch comedy + the silver screen

~ a champion for confident, smart girls + newly minted entrepreneur already producing fresh, new media

The amazing Amy has graduated from stealing the show on late-night to winning hearts on primetime. Now, the entertainment vet is venturing into new territory with her own nonprofit + a production company.

You can understand why the world’s most famous Ivy League school would want the beloved Parks & Rec front-woman as their commencement speaker. Amy’s own hunch about the reason for her invite to the 2011 Harvard Class Day? “My subtle and layered work in a timeless classic entitled Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.”

The Boston College alum {aka “the Harvard of Boston”} had her audience laughing + crying in what has officially been dubbed one of the all-time greatest graduation speeches.

Pretty much everything Amy does has us laughing and crying. See why with more of her priceless advice about how to get the plastic packaging off your toy-action-figure heart...

gifts for grads {+ everyone!}
~ a round of wise words from fav quoteurs ~
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