Margo Jefferson, “Commencement Speech”

Category : Arts, Education, Writing

First of all, welcome — parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, and every member of every kind of extended family. So, here you are at last, class of 2010, about to graduate. But from what? First of all, of course, from a lifetime of being students. This is a major identity shift, with intimations, perhaps, of an identity crisis. From now on, even if graduate school intervenes for a few years, you’re in charge of your education — that intricate process by which the mind, the heart and the soul are trained to examine themselves thoroughly and encounter the world honorably.

Source: Eugene Lang College (2010)

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