Commencement addresses for university and college audiences are a regular feature of springtime news cycles. How many of this spring’s addresses will be turned into books?
You can search for inspiration, humor, sound advice or be challenged with insights you may not accept by reading commencement addresses in the Cobb County Public Library Systems’ Adult Collection.
Dream more: celebrate the dreamer in you by Dolly Parton, based on a commencement speech the country music star and actress – and early literacy supporter – gave at the University of Tennessee.
What Now? by Ann Patchett is based on the author’s 2006 address at Sarah Lawrence College.
Very good lives: the fringe benefits of failure and the importance of imagination by J.K. Rollings is her 2008 commencement speech at Harvard University.
Congratulations, by the way: some thoughts on kindness by George Saunders. A 2013 commencement speech at Syracuse University, with a bit added, by the writer.
If this isn’t nice, what is?: advice for the young – the graduation speeches by writer Kurt Vonnegut