So when the dog owner looked at me, smiled and said “It’s okay,” he restored me, and even my sons, who weren’t even with Coco and me on the walk, to a place of innate worth. Valerie B. Jarrett delivered Wellesley's Commencement Address on May 31, 2013. Deep down I knew that what I really wanted to do was to write stories. At her graduation from Wellesley College in 1969, Hillary Clinton was voted by her fellow students to be the college’s first-ever student speaker, and today, Wellesley has released audio of 21-year-old Hillary’s speech, the same speech that earned young Clinton a Life writeup.It really feels like she could have delivered the same speech yesterday. I find myself asking what might happen if, without asking anything of you in return, I were to choose to see you, whoever you are, as another version of myself, one worthy of my acknowledgment, my concern, my devotion? My mother was about to get seated there when a clerk came over and made to remove the sign. On the last night of this trip, I attended a ring shout, where the deep faith and abiding courage of the enslaved was honored in song and dance. Hillary Clinton gives Commencement Speech at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Among other things, her speech addressed student protests, which she had supported as president of Wellesley College Government Association, and was delivered following the official commencement speech from Massachusetts … I stayed in a former plantation that still sits on thousands of acres of beautiful un-redisturbed land. Another person, a stranger, treated me as I was momentarily incapable of treating myself. Who hasn’t changed for love? Finden Sie perfekte Stock-Fotos zum Thema Wellesley College sowie redaktionelle Newsbilder von Getty Images. I visited the unmarked site of many a long-ago slave auction. As with romantic love, that benchmark in many of our lives, compassionate civic regard—Love—assures me that giving you what you need is a way of ministering to myself, to the Us that you and I together make. Now the work begins. In the 1950's, it was Wellesley's custom in invite the parent of a graduating senior, someone in public life, to give the Commencement address. And the experience has made me re-think many things, what truly matters, and what doesn’t. Wellesley's 137th graduating class celebrated commencement on May 29, 2015. Please do not twist yourself into shapes to please. I realized I would be a very unhappy doctor and I really did not want to be responsible for the inadvertent death of my patients. To get this prize, I was required to talk about how important a particular European feminist woman writer had been to me. Good morning and thank you. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delivered the address. But Love is a radical shift. Tolerance requires no cognitive shift. And if the goddesses and gods of the universe do the right thing, then you will also very soon be the proud alumnae of the college that produced America’s first female president! Thank you for belonging to a generation that has so far proven itself unafraid of the notion of struggle. Delivered 1 June 1990. But I feel stronger for your example, and for the fact of your presence, your resonant voices, your nimble minds, and your huge hearts. The documentary touches on the speech she gave at Wellesley's commencement ceremony in 1969. Campaign and agitate for paid paternity leave everywhere in America. Mrs. Bush’s invitation to speak created controversy on campus when a group of students petitioned to have the invitation rescinded. The jumble of words and the tangle of small and great thoughts begin to take order, and this … Perhaps none. It’s a slight story on the surface, but underneath there’s the proverbial ocean. 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. Think about what you WANT to really matter to you. Commission magazine articles that teach men HOW TO KEEP A WOMAN HAPPY. I could have said that this woman was important to me, and I could have talked the talk, and I could have been given the prize and a shiny present. Because I’m a poet, and because I believe poets are best when they are speaking through their poems, I want to close with a poem. 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 other dog’s good behavior cast my own Coco’s in a still worse light. Graduates, Now the joy begins. I took the American exams and got a scholarship to come to the US where I could study something else that was NOT related to medicine. And as you graduate today, I urge you to think about that a little more. Make fathers feel as bad as mothers. My writing might not have ended up being successful. And it pained me to look at the other human because I knew that dosing so might embolden him to scold or even berate me. You'll know from that small and true voice inside you that we females are so often socialized to silence. Now the truth was that I had never managed to finish this feminist writer’s book. Spanning from her childhood to her 2016 presidential run, Hillary tells the story of Hillary Clinton —in her own words. 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. So I decided to try to look older. I read about your rather lovely tradition of referring to older students as “big sisters” and younger ones as “little sisters.” And I read about the rather strange thing about being thrown into the pond—and I didn’t really get that—but I would very much like to be your honorary big sister today. Now it might not have worked out. I’m truly, truly happy to be here today, so happy, in fact, that when I found out your class color was yellow, I decided I would wear yellow eye shadow. I bring greetings to you from my mother. And so, Class of 2015, never ever accept ‘Because You Are A Woman’ as a reason for doing or not doing anything. She's a big admirer of Wellesley, and she wishes she could be here. 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. YouTube Barbara Pierce Bush delivers the Commencement Address at Wellesley College. Or I could try and do something different. 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. Three weeks ago, he was kidnapped near his home in Nigeria. A commencement speech is typically given by a notable figure in the … 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. Such as get married and have children. https://cs.pn/2HdgOhv I am an absolute Daddy’s girl. It was a complicated set of feelings, a weighty inner weather, that was bolstered by a woman who chose to see me, and to invoke the vocabulary of Love. 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. In order to embrace Love, I must let go of the social or emotional avarice that says loving you will deplete me. Make fathers share in the glory of guilt. But I think it’s possible to meet this challenge. The meeting was about to begin. I think the challenge incumbent upon your generation—upon all of us really, but because of your age, perhaps you stand the best chance of meeting it—the great challenge within or beneath the challenges of climate change, of school safety, of supporting and defending one another’s mental health, the challenge of a fair and humane immigration policy, and of a host of competing urgencies—is the challenge of Loving in such a way that your sense of security, gratitude, honor, belief, joy and worth affirms and amplifies those things in others. In 1990, Barbara Bush delivered the commencement speech at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Sometimes you will need to push it aside in order to see clearly. She wanted the sign left exactly where it was. I have admired Wellesley—its mission, its story, its successes—for a long time and I thank you very much for inviting me. From watching the world. CONTACT SHEET: Wellesley College senior Hillary Rodham (later Clinton) talks about her speech for the college commencement, Wellesley, Massachusetts, June 11, 1969. 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. It’s a beautiful idea, I think. Tolerance means I will make space for you beside me on some kind of imaginary national bus, then slide back over so you don’t get too much of what I never stopped thinking is mine. And I want to challenge you to take the feeling of love out of the realm of the private or intimate and allow it to drive the ways that you see and respond to strangers across all kinds of divides. Recently a feminist organization kindly nominated me for an important prize in a country that will remain unnamed. Feminism should be an inclusive party. Because you never know. Good morning, everyone! Give and be given. That being discriminated against does not make you somehow morally better. And, finally I would like to end with a final note on the most important thing in the world: love. Maya Angelou. In love, I found courage, a willingness to race forward into new places, new experiences, new risks. The world became large for me when romantic love became real, perhaps because I myself felt full with new capacities for thought and need and feeling. The only acceptable way of wasting your time on earth is online shopping. And I knew that privilege blinds because it is the nature of privilege to blind. 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. Nora Ephron delivered a witty, wise and highly quotable speech at Wellesley College’s commencement in 1996. I am still not sleeping well, I still wake up many times at night, in panic, worried that something else has gone wrong, I still cannot look at my father without fighting tears, without feeling this profound relief and gratitude that he is safe, but also rage that he had to undergo such an indignity to his body and to his spirit. They were merely privileged. I already knew that the world does not extend to women the many small courtesies that it extends to men. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie addressed the class of 2015 at Wellesley’s 137th Commencement Exercises, 2015 Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Tracy K. Smith addressed the Class of 2018 at Wellesley’s 140th Commencement Exercises. Okay, one last thing about my mother. Barbara Bush Wellesley College Commencement Speech. 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. 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. I also knew that victimhood is not a virtue. But ‘because you are a woman’ is not one of them. Like a majority of the men who get hired, she just needs to be good enough. In this age of ‘parenting as guilt,’ please spread the guilt equally. I struggled to understand how much of the preschool director’s dismissal of their potential had to do with race. But first I’ll preface it with another anecdote. Wellesley will open doors for you. 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. He was released after we paid a ransom. my friend asked. I argued that it would be better if that honor were based on achievement rather than gender, and he looked at me and said, dismissively, "You don’t know what you are talking about, you’re a small girl.". I could see her circling around them, growling, barking, challenging their very right to exist in space and time. So I dug out this yellow—yellowish—headwrap instead. In 1969, Hillary Rodham delivered the first-ever Wellesley college student commencement speech. Not to let “rating,” “liking,” “following” and “sharing,” supersede your ability to envision, discern, imagine, empathize, interrogate and resist. Such as strategically give in to certain arguments, especially when arguing with a non-female. The years of preparation, of tedious study and exciting learning at least begin to make sense. A loud, unpleasant man. Ruth M. Adams: [Ninth president of Wellesley College] In addition to inviting Senator Brooke to speak to them this morning, the Class of '69 has expressed a desire to speak to them and for them at this morning's commencement. The "commencement" is a ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred upon graduating students. 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. When God appears in the old testament, he is often a source of upheaval, of troubling, he urges a plumbing of the depths, a mining of great spiritual dredge, a stirring up of the smooth surface, an animating of what might appear to be calm. Ms. Morrison addressed the 2004 graduating class of Wellesley College. I can think of fairly good reasons for doing any of these. And I knew that men were not inherently bad or evil. It is my pleasure and my tremendous honor to address you as the graduating class of 2018. And thank you President Bottomly for that wonderful introduction. Kara Hadge is the 2008 Student Commencement Speaker . I decided to try. Wellesley Celebrates its 140th Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 1, at 10:30 am In all the many things you will go on to teach one another and the world, I want you to teach the world you are right now inheriting to love itself in a way it does not yet believe that it can. My mother is 73 and she retired as the first female registrar of the University of Nigeria—which was quite a big deal at the time. That degree, and the experience of being here, is a privilege. There are other, larger examples of compassionate acts, but this small scene comes to mind for me as embodying a lot of what compassion means. Just as every President approaches his job differently, every First Lady views her position in a different way. Minister radically in a real, active, practical, get your hands dirty way. Tolerance is the bare minimum I can muster without getting disgusted and stomping away. May 28, 1982. Later, people told me that it had been very courageous of me, but I did not feel courageous at all. The years of preparation, of tedious study and exciting learning at least begin to make sense. 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. Please love by giving and by taking. If there is a lesson in this anecdote, apart from just telling you a story about my mother to make her happy that I spoke about her at Wellesley, then it is this: Your standardized ideologies will not always fit your life. I find myself thinking a lot these days about whether Love is a principle compatible with our current version of civic selfhood, or nationhood. Because of a man. I felt hurt, because the situation had been handled by the nursery school with what seemed a brusque disregard for their worth; they had been observed for two short days, and rejected as problematic, un-teachable. But remember that a woman you hire doesn’t have to be exceptionally good. Excerpts from the speech delivered by Maya Angelou to the class of 1982 at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass. You belong to a remarkable generation. Congratulations! … 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. Who hasn’t dreamt of being changed, transformed by it? "You are not special" speech at 2012 Wellesley High School Graduation I’ve marveled at the empathetic genius by which you are able to embrace, employ and devise new terms for a larger, more malleable sense of selfhood; at the moral questions you pause to formulate and ponder even in the face of all the many kinds of progress you have begun to drive. Always just try. Don’t do it. Because there are already too many articles that tell women how to keep a man happy. I always liked this story, and admired what I thought of as my mother’s fiercely feminist choice. 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. So, I have not told you this anecdote as a way to illustrate my discovery of gender injustice. I thought it was a very good thing that the word ‘feminist’ would be introduced to a new generation. But I did what I was supposed to do and I went into medical school. But gender is always about context and circumstance. 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. Feminism should be a party full of different feminisms. Watch it in full below— and read a full transcript here. WADE IN THE WATERfor the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters. And thank you President Bottomly for that wonderful introduction. The past three weeks have been the most emotionally difficult of my life. My mother said no. It was as though feminism was supposed to be an elite little cult, with esoteric rites of membership. What I value, and what I don’t. I wasn’t alone. A commencement speech or commencement address is a speech given to graduating students, generally at a university, generally in the United States, although the term is also used for secondary education institutions.. Tolerance is a barely-disguised foul look on my face as I glance across some line from me and us to you and them. Finden Sie perfekte Stock-Fotos zum Thema Hillary Clinton Wellesley sowie redaktionelle Newsbilder von Getty Images. Print friendly. 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. 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. Wählen Sie aus erstklassigen Inhalten zum Thema Wellesley College in höchster Qualität. If you are only giving and not taking, you'll know. If anything, it’s really just an ode to makeup. And thank you for that wonderful welcome. My father is 83 years old, a retired professor of statistics, a lovely kind man. Nora Ephron’s Commencement Address To Wellesley Class Of 1996. I was very pleased. But God’s love isn’t an easy balm. Love tells me that your needs must be as important to me as mine are; that I can only truly honor and protect myself by honoring and protecting you. Ephron graduated from Wellesley in 1962, where she studied political science and wrote for the student newspaper. And you are privileged that, because of your education here, you have already been given many of the tools that you will need to try. When I was growing up in Nigeria I was expected, as every student who did well was expected, to become a doctor. Tracy K. Smith addressed the Class of 2018 at Wellesley’s 140th Commencement Exercises. Actually, my dog saw them first, and she went nuts, barking, spinning on her lead, exercising her utter disregard for anything other than instinct. categories: Commencement Address, Speeches. But the point is that I tried. Graduates, Now the joy begins. I pulled her along, trying to remain calm, but feeling the shame that always arises in me at such times as a dog owner who lacks control of her dog, which is to say as an impostor and a bad citizen. And in media interviews make sure fathers are asked how they balance family and work. It did not speak to me. 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.”. All the past meetings had of course been chaired by men, and somebody had forgotten to replace the CHAIRMAN with a new sign that said CHAIRPERSON. 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. You belong to a remarkable generation. I might not have been given an American scholarship. 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 … And so, class of 2015, please go out there and make Feminism a big raucous inclusive party. I say all of that in order to open these remarks with my humble and sincere thanks. I was also a guest. Renewal often arises only after a purposeful troubling, as in the African American spiritual, “Wade in the Water,” which urges faith in the phrase: “Wade in the Water” and then promises redemptive upheaval with what follows: “God’s gonna trouble the water.”. 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. Leaving medical school was a very unusual decision, especially in Nigeria where it is very difficult to get into medical school. Because I am a poet, I first thought that I’d speak to you today about language. Women are praised for their love when that love is an act of giving. And eyeliner. It is my pleasure and my tremendous honor to address you as the graduating class of 2018. We tend to avoid that word when we talk about politics, about demographics and policy, employing in its place a term like “tolerance.” But tolerance is meager. He was one of the guests at a friend’s dinner party. But after one year of medical school I fled. Go Hillary! And thank you for that wonderful welcome. Because I had begun to ask myself what it really means to wear this FEMINIST label so publicly. The conversation at dinner was about traditional Igbo culture, about the custom that allows only men to break the kola nut, and the kola nut is a deeply symbolic part of Igbo cosmology. So instead of language, what I want to talk about today is love. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s 1998 Wellesley College speech: ‘The Supreme Court: A Place for Women’ September 19, 2020 by Bob Brown Leave a Comment. Because life is messy. You know me: almost immediately I began thinking about what I might say. I used to think of love as a visceral experience, something that envelops you because of the way another person makes you feel. She cautioned them against the degradation of civil rights and other political dangers. But it’s not simple, not sweetly pat, for in order to embrace Love, I must move past fear, past a fixation on my own claim to power or authority. What I felt then was not courage but a desire to make an effort. My dog ran up to accost the other dog and its owner. Wellesley College Class of 2004~ I have to confess to all of you, Madame President, Board of Trustees, members of the faculty, relatives, friends, students. 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. My mother and I do not agree on many things regarding gender. And the world is such a gloriously multifaceted, diverse place that there are people in the world who will like you, the real you, as you are. But it shouldn’t. Soon after I became your dean, in your sophomore year, I was told that my responsibilities included giving a speech during commencement week. I speak because I think our time on earth is short and each moment that we are not our truest selves, each moment we pretend to be what we are not, each moment we say what we do not mean because we imagine that is what somebody wants us to say, then we are wasting our time on earth. But on second thoughts, I realized that as much as I admire Wellesley, even yellow eye-shadow was a bit too much of a gesture. It follows the full text transcript of Hillary Rodham's Wellesley Student Commencement Speech, delivered at Wellesley, MA — May 31, 1969. Speech Analysis by Kellyn Muller. Nora Ephron '62 speaking at Wellesley College Commencement 1996. Because if there were a Standard Handbook published annually by the Secret Society of Certified Feminists, then that handbook would certainly say that a woman should not be called, nor want to be called, a CHAIRMAN. Historically, it’s been an anchor, a beacon, a promise, a belief. I have had some conflicted feelings about accepting this invitation to deliver the Commencement Address to Wellesley’s Class of 2004. It would have been a lie to claim that she had any major influence on my thinking. So I thought lipstick might help. https://www.c-span.org/.../?26321-1/wellesley-college-commencement-address I toured, on a small boat, the former rice-growing marshland which enslaved blacks had been made to engineer and labor in order to sustain the wealth of slave-holders. Critical Analysis of Barbara Bush’s Wellesley College Commencement Address On June 1 st, 1990, Barbara Pierce Bush delivered a Commencement Address at Wellesley College. I was about 23, but people often told me I looked 12. But now, because I am a parent, perhaps, I am striving for the courage and the skill to embody another manner of love. 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. "Why would your mother want to be called a chairman, as though she needed the MAN part to validate her?" I have admired Wellesley—its mission, its story, its successes—for a … To try. I’ve marveled at the empathetic genius by which you are able to embrace, employ and devise new terms for a larger, more malleable sense of selfhood; at the moral questions you pause to formulate and ponder even in the face of all the many kinds of progress you have begun to drive. From childhood. 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. He is well, in fairly good shape and in his usual lovely way, is very keen to reassure us all that he is fine. I don’t speak to provoke. But the pain I felt activated the reserve of pain that amassed over the course of my life from having been pre-emptively judged as threatening or unworthy of bother because of my race. Now girls are often raised to see love only as giving. 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. 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. 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." 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