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Commencement speeches reach wider audiences long after graduation day
Commencement speeches reach wider audiences long after graduation day

Mellody Hobson was apprehensive at first when she was invited to deliver this year's main commencement address at USC. After all, she said, "you have to recognize that this is a very important moment in a young person's life. And there is nothing worse than the idea of falling flat." So Hobson, who is president of Chicago-based Ariel Investments and one of the most prominent African American women in the finance world, began writing a speech that she hoped would be inspirational without being preachy, she said in an interview before the big day. She wanted some humor, some personal revelation and "hopefully some wisdom that graduates will be able to reflect...

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