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May 30, 2012
As one who knew him at the University of Maryland, it was inspiring to read David Simon's Georgetown University commencement address ("'We still have to fight. So for God's sake, fight,'" May 25). It is no surprise that Mr. Simon has not wavered and continues to confront ambivalence and challenge hypocrisy when he sees it. His passionate message that "there cannot be two American experiments, one for the fortunate and another for the rest" was an inspiring call to action for more than just the Georgetown graduating class to continue the fight for what is fair and just.
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May 22, 2014
Introduction President Loh, thank you for your outstanding leadership here of Maryland's flagship University. Through some of the toughest economic times, you have led us forward to higher excellence and deeper understanding. Thank you, Dr. Loh, for your service, and for inviting me to share this happy moment with all of you today. As I was writing my message for your big day, my young staff warned me of a diabolical new post on Wired.com for such occasions called: Commencement Cliché BINGO   - It arranges no fewer than 24 clichéd graduation phrases on a grid - phrases like   "Be true to yourself.
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May 22, 2014
Introduction President Loh, thank you for your outstanding leadership here of Maryland's flagship University. Through some of the toughest economic times, you have led us forward to higher excellence and deeper understanding. Thank you, Dr. Loh, for your service, and for inviting me to share this happy moment with all of you today. As I was writing my message for your big day, my young staff warned me of a diabolical new post on Wired.com for such occasions called: Commencement Cliché BINGO   - It arranges no fewer than 24 clichéd graduation phrases on a grid - phrases like   "Be true to yourself.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
President Barack Obama will travel to Annapolis to speak at the Naval Academy commencement today, addressing the class at a time when the military faces complicated internal challenges the graduating midshipmen will soon inherit. It is the second time Obama has spoken at the academy's graduation - the first was in 2009 - and it is the 22nd time a president has attended the ceremony since James A. Garfield spoke to the class of 1881. U.S. military involvement around the world has changed dramatically since Obama last spoke in Annapolis - combat operations in Iraq ended in 2010, and the administration is working to wind down the nearly 12-year-old war in Afghanistan.
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By Dave Rosenthal | January 25, 2012
Popular children's author Maurice Sendak (shown here delivering a 2004 commencement speech at Goucher College) was the subject of a hilarious interview on The Colbert Report last night, touching on topics from Newt Gingrich (he wasn't kind) and kids (he was a little kinder). Some examples of the back-and-forth in part one of Stephen Colbert's interview with the author of classics such as "Where the Wild Things Are" : Colbert: Let's talk about kids. I don't trust 'em. They're just biding their time until we're gone, and then they get our stuff.
EXPLORE
May 22, 2013
I have to disagree with Diane Brown ("Only closed minds stifle opposing viewpoints, May 16) on both her key points about Ben Carson's remarks on marriage equality and the opposition to him giving the commencement speech at Johns Hopkins University this year. At best, Ben Carson's remarks showed a breathtaking lack of understanding, and at worst, bigotry. When opponents of gay marriage mention pedophilia and bestiality in the same sentence as homosexuality, they know exactly what they are doing: they are illegitimizing and belittling homosexual love as being as perverted and deviant as the other practices.
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By Steven Petrella and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2012
David McCullough Jr. wants his students to stop expecting that everything will be handed to them. He wants the idea of 'everybody gets a trophy' to end. The Wellesley (Mass.) High School English teacher gave a controversial -- yet somewhat needed -- commencement speech entitled 'You Are Not Special.' He advised students to drop the false sense of achievement paradigm that has emerged in modern society and schools. So the relevance here lies in this: He told his students to not be like the Baltimore Orioles.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2012
The program at Goucher College's 121st commencement ceremony Friday listed speaker Ira Glass' main connection to the Towson college: His grandmother was a member of its Class of 1931. In the public radio host's remarks, he added that college President Sanford J. Ungar was his former colleague at NPR and had coaxed him into appearing. But Glass shared another connection that only a college student could best appreciate - that he lost his virginity in one of the campus dorm rooms. "Not recently," he added.
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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | May 23, 2009
-President Barack Obama carried the debate over national security to the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday, telling graduating midshipmen that America's fundamental values and principles "help keep us safe." In his first service-academy commencement speech, Obama promised the graduates that he would never send them into harm's way without the strategy, "well-defined goals," equipment and support they needed. Warm weather, a sun-filled sky and a light breeze provided near-perfect conditions for the event at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, where the 1,036 midshipmen and about 29,0000 family, friends, alumni and VIPs had gathered.
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By LISA GOLDBERG and LISA GOLDBERG,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 3, 2006
As a child growing up in countries in Africa and the Caribbean, Dumbi Mabiala easily mastered several languages but struggled with a shyness that made it difficult for her to make eye contact with others. The 21-year-old Parkville resident says she got over her anxiety by sheer force of will, and tomorrow Mabiala will stand in front of classmates, family and friends to deliver this year's commencement address for the Community College of Baltimore County. "I'm glad after all these years I overcame that shyness," said Mabiala, who earned an associate degree in business administration.
EXPLORE
May 22, 2013
I have to disagree with Diane Brown ("Only closed minds stifle opposing viewpoints, May 16) on both her key points about Ben Carson's remarks on marriage equality and the opposition to him giving the commencement speech at Johns Hopkins University this year. At best, Ben Carson's remarks showed a breathtaking lack of understanding, and at worst, bigotry. When opponents of gay marriage mention pedophilia and bestiality in the same sentence as homosexuality, they know exactly what they are doing: they are illegitimizing and belittling homosexual love as being as perverted and deviant as the other practices.
SPORTS
By Steven Petrella and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2012
David McCullough Jr. wants his students to stop expecting that everything will be handed to them. He wants the idea of 'everybody gets a trophy' to end. The Wellesley (Mass.) High School English teacher gave a controversial -- yet somewhat needed -- commencement speech entitled 'You Are Not Special.' He advised students to drop the false sense of achievement paradigm that has emerged in modern society and schools. So the relevance here lies in this: He told his students to not be like the Baltimore Orioles.
NEWS
May 30, 2012
As one who knew him at the University of Maryland, it was inspiring to read David Simon's Georgetown University commencement address ("'We still have to fight. So for God's sake, fight,'" May 25). It is no surprise that Mr. Simon has not wavered and continues to confront ambivalence and challenge hypocrisy when he sees it. His passionate message that "there cannot be two American experiments, one for the fortunate and another for the rest" was an inspiring call to action for more than just the Georgetown graduating class to continue the fight for what is fair and just.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2012
The program at Goucher College's 121st commencement ceremony Friday listed speaker Ira Glass' main connection to the Towson college: His grandmother was a member of its Class of 1931. In the public radio host's remarks, he added that college President Sanford J. Ungar was his former colleague at NPR and had coaxed him into appearing. But Glass shared another connection that only a college student could best appreciate - that he lost his virginity in one of the campus dorm rooms. "Not recently," he added.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | January 25, 2012
Popular children's author Maurice Sendak (shown here delivering a 2004 commencement speech at Goucher College) was the subject of a hilarious interview on The Colbert Report last night, touching on topics from Newt Gingrich (he wasn't kind) and kids (he was a little kinder). Some examples of the back-and-forth in part one of Stephen Colbert's interview with the author of classics such as "Where the Wild Things Are" : Colbert: Let's talk about kids. I don't trust 'em. They're just biding their time until we're gone, and then they get our stuff.
NEWS
By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | May 23, 2009
-President Barack Obama carried the debate over national security to the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday, telling graduating midshipmen that America's fundamental values and principles "help keep us safe." In his first service-academy commencement speech, Obama promised the graduates that he would never send them into harm's way without the strategy, "well-defined goals," equipment and support they needed. Warm weather, a sun-filled sky and a light breeze provided near-perfect conditions for the event at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, where the 1,036 midshipmen and about 29,0000 family, friends, alumni and VIPs had gathered.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | December 24, 1999
COLLEGE PARK -- Time stood still yesterday at the University of Maryland as a blond, brash left-handed quarterback named Boomer Esiason returned to campus to speak to 4,000 graduates at the winter commencement ceremonies at Cole Field House.Except for a few creases in his his face, Esiason, 38, looked and acted a lot like the cocky 18-year-old youngster from East Islip, N.Y., who came to Maryland in 1979 and immediately clashed with coach Jerry Claiborne, who's now in the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | January 14, 2002
Addressing hundreds of University of Baltimore graduates at their midyear commencement yesterday, Mayor Martin O'Malley urged them not to shy away from challenges, relaying the chief problems that faced him when he took office two years ago. Many people told him the city couldn't address runaway crime and spiraling drug addiction, O'Malley said. But in the two years since he became mayor, violent crime in the city has dropped by 24 percent and last year Baltimore led the nation with a 19 percent drop of emergency room visits for drug addiction, O'Malley said.
NEWS
By LISA GOLDBERG and LISA GOLDBERG,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 3, 2006
As a child growing up in countries in Africa and the Caribbean, Dumbi Mabiala easily mastered several languages but struggled with a shyness that made it difficult for her to make eye contact with others. The 21-year-old Parkville resident says she got over her anxiety by sheer force of will, and tomorrow Mabiala will stand in front of classmates, family and friends to deliver this year's commencement address for the Community College of Baltimore County. "I'm glad after all these years I overcame that shyness," said Mabiala, who earned an associate degree in business administration.
NEWS
By JENNIFER MCMENAMIN and JENNIFER MCMENAMIN,SUN REPORTER | May 26, 2006
Students earning diplomas from Maryland's colleges and universities this year are being sent off into the world with words of wisdom from the state's retiring U.S. senator, a congressman running to replace him, the director of the National Institutes of Health, the host of a nationally televised political roundtable and the vice president of the United States. Members of Goucher College's Class of 2006, however, will be treated today to insights from the bass player of Spinal Tap. The featured speaker is comedian, actor and author Harry Shearer, perhaps best known as the voices of malevolent business executive C. Montgomery Burns and his geeky, yes-man assistant, Waylon Smithers, on The Simpsons.
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