Greenwood High School Valedictorian Eric Workman Stands Up For Separation Of Church And State

Thanks to Hemant Mehta of the Friendly Atheist, here is a portion of  the inspiring speech from the valedictorian of Greenwood High School, where the school administration let the students vote that they could have a graduation prayer, only to have this plan challenged by the class valedictorian, with whom the courts sided: You may not [Read More...]

Jon Stewart’s 2004 Commencement Speech At William And Mary

Listen here to Jon Stewart’s 2004 commencement speech, delivered at his alma mater The College of William and Mary.  I heard it several years ago and I’ve thought of it often since.  In both his humor and his substance, Dr. Stewart really, really gets it right and gives the graduands the most relevant advice.  Click [Read More...]

Irish President Mary McAleese’s 2010 Commencement Speech At Fordham University

This was the commencement speech delivered at my graduation with a doctoral degree this past Saturday, May 22, 2010.  I feel like it belongs on my blog as part of the record of my experience.  The speech was surprisingly rich in reference to Fordham’s history.  This was not a canned political speech. In her May [Read More...]


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