Posts tagged "commencement"

“You Are All Nerds”: Mindy Kaling’s Harvard Law School Commencement Address

I love Mindy Kaling. I really do. But her commencement address at Harvard Law School was rather ... Mindy Kaling-focused ... to put it politely. I don't understand why she was invited to speak (she doesn't seem to understand why herself), because most of what Mindy Kaling had to say was about Mindy Kaling. I guess it'…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 30, 2014

Frisky Rant: Hey Graduates, Please Don’t Try To Be A Special Snowflake At Commencement

Graduation is a big deal. Plenty of people like to see it as the total culmination of a young person's character and dedication. As the greeting cards say, "You Earned It Champ!" Earning a degree isn't easy and deserves celebration. The catch, though, is that celebratory public events like commencement are a prime breeding ground…

By: Claire Hannum / May 7, 2014

RIP Society: Guy Attempts Backflip At Graduation And Flops On His Face

I have to give some props to recent graduate Robert Jeffrey Blank. Who else is brave enough to attempt a backflip in front of thousands of your peers and closest family members, all in the name of some extra attention? But the ex-Davenport University student didn't exactly stick his landing — in fact, he fell…

By: Claire Hannum / April 30, 2014

Whoops: University Of Texas Has A School Of “Pubic” Affairs

The University of Texas at Austin had to make a major apology to its graduates after accidentally producing commencement materials listing its School of Public Affairs as a School of "Pubic" Affairs. Because they felt really bad about it, the school issued an apology via Twitter, noting, "Our deepest apologies to our 2012 graduates for the…

By: Julie Gerstein / May 26, 2012

Amy Poehler And 14 Other Commencement Speakers We Wish We’d Had

Graduation speeches are tough. You have to avoid the usual cliches about how students are floating on the sea of life or opening the doors to their future, and that isn't easy. My college graduation speaker—some bigwig woman at the World Bank—hit both of those. Not that you could hear over the protesting of my…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / April 6, 2011

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By: Catherine Strawn / September 30, 2009

Q&A: “Commencement” Author J. Courtney Sullivan

J. Courtney Sullivan's debut novel, Commencement, takes place at Smith College, an all-women's institution known for being home to the pearls and sweater-set types as well as radical lesbians. Following four unlikely friends through their years at school and beyond, the book balances the humor of ladies college life and the drama of post-grad confusion.

By: Leonora Epstein / August 21, 2009

Crave: “Commencement” By J. Courtney Sullivan

Smith College is unlike any other American university. An all-women's school, it's an historically posh place for educating the elite (like alums Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, and Julia Child), yet at the same time, it's a breeding ground for liberal lesbians so intense they'll risk everything for a cause. You can't really know what to…

By: Leonora Epstein / June 17, 2009