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Overnight: J.K. Rowling: Harvard Commencement 2008

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J.K.Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, whose last name I have finally, authoritatively learned from her answer in a video interview, is pronounced 'rolling' as in Rolling Stone, gave the commencement speech at Harvard University in 2008.

YouTube directed me to this page for information about this speech: Harvard Commencement Speech where you can also read a transcript.

From that page:

J.K. ROWLING, author of the best-selling Harry Potter book series, delivers her Commencement Address, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination,” at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association.

From the speech (which is titled:

"The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination"

"There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you."

J. K. Rowling Wiki

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Live Streaming Video- President Obama Gives the Commencement Address at the United States Naval Academy 9:30a EDT

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Video- President Obama's Complete Speech at Morehouse Commencement 5/19/13

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Live Streaming Video- President Obama Speaks at Morehouse College Commencement Ceremony 11:00a EDT

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That rocked. I'll have it up as soon as I find it.

Complete video of President Obama's commencement speech at Morehouse here.

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Video- First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers Commencement Address at MLK, JR. Magnet High School Commencement

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MUST-SEE VIDEO: Student protests commencement speaker Sen. Kelly "no interest in true social justice" Ayotte

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student Erin Faith Page protests Kelly Ayotte commencement speaker

I've always adored children, teens, and twentysomethings. This video exemplifies exactly why I loved teaching so much, why I admire Erin Faith Page more than I can put into words, and why I do not admire the "honored keynote speaker" Sen. Kelly Ayotte in the least, nor the way she personifies the hypocrisy of that Very Serious Outreach Effort (scroll) by the GOP:

Below is a link to the petition we have made... sign it, share it, and stand with me for equality on every level. Contact me if you would like more information or would like to get involved in any way!

https://www.change.org/petitions/kell...

"Bringing someone who is racist, homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, or openly discriminatory goes against everything that we are taught here at NEC."

"I will not keep quiet on such an important and personal issue."

"There are times when I didn't want to wake up."

"I hated school. Not because I was dumb, but because I had never been surrounded by a community that believed in me."

"May 18th will be the second most important day in my life... I get to look into the crowd knowing that in this moment, I am stronger than I ever thought possible."

"I am confident because I finally believe in myself."

"Because of my experiences at New England College, I was in absolute shock when the news of Senator Kelly Ayotte being our keynote speaker and recipient of an honorary degree was released. I cannot believe that they would choose someone who was the exact opposite of what I believe our school exemplifies."

"Why would we align our name with someone who has no interest in true social justice? Senator Kelly Ayotte is an avid anti-gay marriage, anti-same-sex adoption, and anti-choice senator... She has worked hard to create a state where myself and others are not seen through the same lens, and are not worthy of equal treatment under our laws."

"...I've learned how to tell people like her... that they are wrong."

"This protest is not about Republicans or Democrats. This is about standing up for human rights."

"I want every person on this planet to know that they are worth something. I want the suicides of our LGBT youth to end. I want sexism to be a story of the past, and I want us all to be equal under our law."

Via Miscellany: Blue:

Erin Faith Page, a 24-year-old self-identified lesbian, will be the student commencement speaker next week at New England College. She made this video to protest the selection of Sen. Kelly Ayotte to give the keynote address at the graduation ceremony.

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Live Streaming Video- President Obama Speaks at the Ohio State University Commencement Ceremony 12:35p EDT 5/5/13

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