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Stanford grads greet Oprah, celebrate their day

Original post made on Jun 15, 2008

Stanford University awarded 1,702 bachelor's degrees, 2,017 master's degrees and 947 doctorate degrees Sunday morning in Stanford Stadium as about 30,000 family and friends of the graduates gathered to watch. Photos by Darlene Bouchard/Palo Alto Weekly.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, June 15, 2008, 1:00 PM

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Posted by Happie
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 15, 2008 at 5:02 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.


Happie


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Posted by Embarrassed
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 15, 2008 at 8:45 pm

When I read that Oprah was Stanford's graduation speaker I couldn't believe it. Most first rate schools try to get someone with some intellectual credentials or accomplishments.
But a TV celebrity who promotes unscientific cures and foolish products, what can they have been thinking? Some one or several people should be fired for creating such bad publicity. It's embarrassing.


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Posted by big Al
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2008 at 9:40 pm

just a clear example of how the farm has been sold.....


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Posted by Diane
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 16, 2008 at 7:55 am

I was there and I must say the best part of the day was seeing how happy my parents were that I graduated.

The second best part was listing to the Stanford Chamber Chorale sing at Memorial Church.

Ophra was the downside of the day because is was all about her and not us the graduates. This was our day not hers.


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Posted by Lucianna Andrea
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 16, 2008 at 8:49 am


Congratulations!

You made it.


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Posted by Ian
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 16, 2008 at 10:14 am

Congrats to class of '08! For the curious, Stanford has posted the video of Oprah's speech at Web Link


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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 16, 2008 at 10:20 am

Oprah was picked because her god child was graduating that day from Stanford. Her speech was weak with no substance.


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Posted by Dumbing Down
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jun 16, 2008 at 11:37 am

And maybe a few bucks to their endowment or development?
The Dumbing Down of America will not be stopped.
Who decided on the commencement speaker?


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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jun 16, 2008 at 11:43 am

Harvard had JK Rowling, who delivered standard commencement fare, but with a snappy British accent! It wasn't exactly Marshall announcement the Marshall plan, I grant you...


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 17, 2008 at 8:39 am

Gunn High School had rapper MC Hammer!? as commencement speaker -what next?! To think of someone like that lecturing a bunch of high-scoring Gunn students is hilarious.


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Posted by Good Point
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jun 17, 2008 at 9:02 am

Good point, what could a bunch of braniacs like that learn from someone who has actually live a long, complex life with lots of ups and downs? Better off with some professor...


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Posted by second that
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 17, 2008 at 10:43 pm

Good point, Good Point.


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Posted by It is I
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 17, 2008 at 10:47 pm

Maybe next year they can get Ryan Seacrest. Then Whoopi Goldberg the year after that. That is, if Oprah doesn't buy Stanford before then.


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Posted by stephen
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 17, 2008 at 11:09 pm

Dear "Happie": She was quoting Martin Luther King - the full passage reads;

So, Dr. King said, "Not everybody can be famous. But everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service." Those of you who are history scholars may know the rest of that passage. He said, "You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato or Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love."

Not really an attack on physics or classics either...


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