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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Best Commencement Speeches of 2012

Graduation season is well underway. Millions of college students are pouring into fields and stadiums to receive diplomas and start life as adults. But before throwing their caps in the air, grads receive bits of advice during a time-honored tradition: the commencement speech.

Some speeches are boring, and some are long. Some are awkward, like Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank's address at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Referring to the hooded academic robe that civil rights leader Hubie Jones received at the commencement on Sunday, the Democrat said "You now have a hoodie you can wear and no one will shoot at you," in a reference to the Trayvon Martin case.

The comment drew nervous laughter and groans from the crowd. Martin was the Florida teen who was wearing a hoodie when he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch activist.


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