I imagined I’d urge you, as I urge myself, not to allow the market for products and services, apps and devices to delimit your terms of need, discernment, wonder and worth. In closing, I want to congratulate you on what you have diligently and lovingly accomplished. I’m not sure how it happened, because her collar remained clasped, but one moment the lead was taut and the next, I was holding a leash in my hand that was intact but unattached. But I think it’s possible to meet this challenge. Because of a man. The years of preparation, of tedious study and exciting learning at least begin to make sense. I also knew that victimhood is not a virtue. In the week prior, my husband and I had been pressured to withdraw our young sons from a private nursery school because of their classroom-behavior--behavior that would later (but not yet, not at the time of the walk I’m remembering) align us with the many other children and their families living with autism. And thank you President Bottomly for that wonderful introduction. The other dog’s good behavior cast my own Coco’s in a still worse light. My mother likes to tell a story of the first university meeting she chaired. Thank you for resisting the safe and self-serving choices that would facilitate rewards without struggle. I already knew that the world does not extend to women the many small courtesies that it extends to men. Perhaps none. "Why would your mother want to be called a chairman, as though she needed the MAN part to validate her?" It did not speak to me. Like many people concerned by the various urgencies characterizing our time, I struggle with worry even as I strive to be an agent of thoughtful change. Now girls are often raised to see love only as giving. Delivered 1 June 1990. That degree, and the experience of being here, is a privilege. In order to embrace Love, I must let go of the social or emotional avarice that says loving you will deplete me. It’s really just to say that this, your graduation, is a good time to buy some lipsticks—if makeup is your sort of thing—because a good shade of lipstick can always put you in a slightly better mood on dark days. I could either stay and study something that was not right for me. But ‘because you are a woman’ is not one of them. I want to challenge you to trouble the notion that love is reserved for an elect few, and that the scrap of tolerance is what we will occasionally toss to the rest. The "commencement" is a ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred upon graduating students. And the other dog owner, a youngish man with glasses, looked me in the eye and, smiling, radiating what felt to me at the time as sheer grace, said, simply, “It’s okay.”. Commission magazine articles that teach men HOW TO KEEP A WOMAN HAPPY. In my work as an educator, and my life as a citizen, I have been heartened and edified by the ways members of your generation have chosen to see and to act in the world. It is my pleasure and my tremendous honor to address you as the graduating class of 2018. If someone likes that version of you, that version of you that is false and holds back, then they actually just like that twisted shape, and not you. categories: Commencement Address, Speeches. It’s a beautiful idea, I think. I wanted him to disagree with the substance of my argument, but by looking at me, young and female, it was easy for him to dismiss what I said. And eyeliner. He is well, in fairly good shape and in his usual lovely way, is very keen to reassure us all that he is fine. There are certain things my mother believes a person should do, for the simple reason that said person ‘is a woman.’ Such as nod occasionally and smile even when smiling is the last thing one wants to do. My mother was about to get seated there when a clerk came over and made to remove the sign. To get this prize, I was required to talk about how important a particular European feminist woman writer had been to me. The clerk apologized and told her he would find the new sign, since she was not a chairman. It’s not about my discovering gender injustice because of course I had discovered years before then. I am lucky that my writing has given me a platform that I choose to use to talk about things that I care about, and. Who hasn’t changed for love? Campaign and agitate for paid paternity leave everywhere in America. Tracy K. Smith addressed the Class of 2018 at Wellesley’s 140th Commencement Exercises. Go Hillary! I’ve been fortunate to have received a few prizes so far and I quite like them especially when they come with shiny presents. And, finally I would like to end with a final note on the most important thing in the world: love. I think this makes sense. And I knew that men were not inherently bad or evil. Wellesley Celebrates its 140th Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 1, at 10:30 am Actually, my dog saw them first, and she went nuts, barking, spinning on her lead, exercising her utter disregard for anything other than instinct. My dog ran up to accost the other dog and its owner. Just as I asked myself after excerpts of my feminism speech were used in a song by a talented musician whom I think some of you might know. He was released after we paid a ransom. In 1990, Barbara Bush delivered the commencement speech at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Barbara Bush incorporated Monroe’s motivated sequence, Aristotle’s three appeals, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and several rhetorical devices to increase the effectiveness of her special occasion speech. Wellesley, you see, is not just a place but an idea -- an experiment in excellence in which diversity is not just tolerated, but is embraced. Later, people told me that it had been very courageous of me, but I did not feel courageous at all. The truth is that I learned so much more about feminism from watching the women traders in the market in Nsukka where I grew up, than from reading any seminal feminist text. But after one year of medical school I fled. From watching the world. I have had some conflicted feelings about accepting this invitation to deliver the Commencement Address to Wellesley’s Class of 2004. Deep down I knew that what I really wanted to do was to write stories. I am inspired by the strides you’ve taken toward fostering a more welcoming and a compassionate space for people across lines of gender identity and sexual orientation; by your willingness to engage in difficult-yet-necessary conversations about racial bias and understanding; by your studious determination to mitigate the oversights and failures of those whose delight at what they can produce, control and sell has wrought havoc upon the environment; by your willingness to advocate on behalf of those whose safety and security is threatened for any number of reasons. Print friendly. Write television shows in which female strength is not depicted as remarkable but merely normal. Excerpts from the speech delivered by Maya Angelou to the class of 1982 at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass. We were talking to threatening strangers on the phone, begging and negotiating for my father’s safety and we were not always sure if my father was alive. Such as get married and have children. WADE IN THE WATERfor the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters. And thank you for that wonderful welcome. But gender is always about context and circumstance. I also visited two or three small praise houses where blacks met for worship and fellowship in the days of slavery, and where their descendants continue to meet for the same reasons today. I have been told to shut up about certain things – such as my position on the equal rights of gay people on the continent of Africa, such as my deeply held belief that men and women are completely equal. Soon after I became your dean, in your sophomore year, I was told that my responsibilities included giving a speech during commencement week. And you, because you now have your beautiful Wellesley degree, have become privileged, no matter what your background. Tolerance is a barely-disguised foul look on my face as I glance across some line from me and us to you and them. I bring greetings to you from my mother. One day, walking my dog in an open stretch of land across from my house, I saw a person walking a massive dog, a breed with a thick coat of fur suggesting it had originally been bred for an arctic climate. The essence of this spirit was captured in a moving speech about tolerance given last year by a student body president of one of your sister colleges. Some time ago, while traveling in rural Georgia and South Carolina for research, I found myself visiting many sites that testify to the barbaric reality of slavery as one of this country’s founding institutions. Thank you for finding time, amid all the many things you as college students must keep up with, for caring about the world beyond this beautiful campus. Now it might not have worked out. Minister radically in a real, active, practical, get your hands dirty way. Ms. Morrison addressed the 2004 graduating class of Wellesley College. The greatest challenge incumbent upon you is learning to love others in ways they may be incapable of loving themselves, and of trusting them—giving them the reason, the wish—to love you in kind. In my work as an educator, and my life as a citizen, I have been heartened and edified by the ways members of your generation have chosen to see and to act in the world. She wanted the sign left exactly where it was. She related the story by Robert Fulghum about a young pastor, finding himself in charge of some very energetic children, hits upon the game called "Giants, Wizards, and Dwarfs." You belong to a remarkable generation. My mother said no. But I did what I was supposed to do and I went into medical school. I can think of fairly good reasons for doing any of these. And so as you graduate, as you deal with your excitement and your doubts today, I urge you to try and create the world you want to live in. Needless to say, my heart was heavy with sorrow and disturbance, but also full of gratitude for the long and ongoing contribution African Americans have made to the principles of freedom and justice in this country. I could see her circling around them, growling, barking, challenging their very right to exist in space and time. She called me yesterday to ask how the speech-writing was going and to tell me to remember to use a lot of lotion on my legs today so they would not look ashy. The jumble of words and the tangle of small and great thoughts begin to take order, and this morning you can see a small portion, an … Watch it in full below— and read a full transcript here. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie addressed the class of 2015 at Wellesley’s 137th Commencement Exercises, 2015 Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Tolerance requires no cognitive shift. Hillary Rodham's 1969 commencement address at Wellesley College did not stand out because of what she said. But to love is to give AND to take. Three weeks ago, he was kidnapped near his home in Nigeria. And for a number of days, my family and I went through the kind of emotional pain that I have never known in my life. But I was startled by how many people, many of whom were academics, saw something troubling, even menacing, in this. I thought I’d urge you, as you move away from this institution that places a premium upon thought and speech, upon intellectual rigor and mindful social endeavor, to hold the language that enters your ears and mind and imagination to a standard of clarity, intelligence, and integrity. I find myself thinking a lot these days about whether Love is a principle compatible with our current version of civic selfhood, or nationhood. I was very pleased. The annals of popular music, archives of cinema and a great parcel of the cannon of enduring literature concern themselves with love between two people. But it shouldn’t. Feminism should be a party full of different feminisms. In 1969, Hillary Rodham delivered the first-ever Wellesley college student commencement speech. After all, Love is world-creating. Leaving medical school was a very unusual decision, especially in Nigeria where it is very difficult to get into medical school. Wählen Sie aus erstklassigen Inhalten zum Thema Hillary Clinton Wellesley in … May 28, 1982. At best, tolerance supports the idea that your needs must be as important to you as mine are to me. So I decided to try to look older. You know me: almost immediately I began thinking about what I might say. Which means that I would like to give you bits of advice as your big sister: All over the world, girls are raised to be make themselves likeable, to twist themselves into shapes that suit other people. Ephron graduated from Wellesley in 1962, where she studied political science and wrote for the student newspaper. 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