What Makes a Good Graduation Speech?

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With all the anxiety and relief associated with graduation day, it can be hard to remember what was said during the ceremony. In an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jay Parini, a professor at Middlebury College, distills the qualities of a memorable speech.

Jay Parini, novelist; poet; professor of English, Middlebury College

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