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Commencement speeches 

Awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from her undergraduate alma mater, The State University of New York at New Paltz, Janus is invited to deliver the commencement address on the anniversary of one of her all-time favorite graduation speeches.  On May 19, 1996, Southampton College awarded an honorary Doctor of Amphibious Letters degree to Kermit D. Frog for his contributions to environmental awareness and education.  Hear her tribute to the students and Dr. Frog--first teacher to generations of graduates.  

This week's show celebrates graduates everywhere and the recipients of honorary doctorates whose  commencement addresses have given us all a lot to think about:

  • Attorney and Human Rights champion ANITA HILL at Rutgers Law School.
  • Journalist, Philanthropist, and Businesswoman OPRAH WINFREY at the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism.
  • Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Civil Rights icon JOHN LEWIS at Boston University.
  • Actor and Writer/Producer CHADWICK BOSEMAN at Howard University
  • Author/Historian and Journalist JANUS ADAMS at the State University of New York at New Paltz
  • and, Boston University graduating senior YASMIN YOUNIS.

Tags: Chadwick Boseman, Anita Hill, John Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Yasmin Younis, Boston University, Howard University, Rutgers Law School, SUNY New Paltz, USC Annenberg School, Rutgers University, Honorary degrees, Janus Adams, NPR, WJFF 

Dr. Kermit D. Frog delivers his commencement address ​​