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Oprah to speak at Stanford Commencement

Original post made on Feb 21, 2008

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will deliver the 2008 Commencement address at Stanford University in June, Stanford President John Hennessy announced Thursday.

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Posted by meutiosr
a resident of Southgate
on Feb 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Maybe we''ll get some diet tips, and a fashion show that talks about "the most basic piece of every woman's wardrobe". Oprah is a good person, and a political force to be reckoned with, but she's overrated. I hope Oprah keeps up her good works, but we need more substantial cultural heros than Oprah to emulate. Oprah's appearance is a political coup for Hennessy. That's what this fawning is all about. Maybe she can say a few words to the crowd about Rumsfeld, and how he's doing over at Hoover.

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 21, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Will this be a commencement speech or an Obama campaign speech? Will this be an anti-administration speech or a book-recommending speech? Does Stanford set the guidelines
for these speeches. Nothing can top the outstanding speech of Ted Koppel about1988.

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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 25, 2008 at 8:14 am

Will she be giving away cars?

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Posted by Too much traffic
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 25, 2008 at 8:34 am

The real issue is whether this will cause too much traffic on Embarcadero Road. We cannot inconvenience our city elite. Maybe Stanford needs to rethink this and the whole graduation ceremony

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Posted by too much carbon dioxide for me to bear
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 25, 2008 at 11:32 am

Hear, hear, "Too much traffic". I'm sick and tired of people getting into their cars and crowding the streets for graduation ceremonies, Stanford football games, mega-housing projects, bike races, overgrown shopping centers, etc. Can't you all just stop going places in your cars? It's inconveniencing everyone.

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Posted by What Next ?
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 25, 2008 at 7:31 pm

Who would have invited someone like Oprah. Can't Stanford find a speaker with stature? How very disappointing.

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Posted by perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 26, 2008 at 8:31 am is a pity that Stanford has sunk so low as to invite an ENTERTAINER and a public campaigner for a particular person in the year of the election.

Really slimey.

Can you imagine the uproar if it were an entertainer publicly campaigning for McCain?

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Posted by Happie
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 15, 2008 at 4:31 pm

I went to the graduation, it was a lot of fun.
The most boring part was Oprah's speech.
I was all about her and Tolle. She even gave all the students the book he wrote. They were expecting a car... hahaha!!!.
I wonder what the faculty thought about her attack on science and physics in particular.
Oprah should not be put on a pedestal.

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