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June 23, 2001 | James Gerstenzang and Thomas S. Mulligan
White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer collapsed Friday while giving a commencement speech at the suburban New York high school he attended. After being given oxygen, drinking some water and sitting down for about 10 minutes, he returned to the lectern and finished his address. "I knew there was some hot air in here; I didn't realize I was supplying it," he said.
April 27, 2005 | Bettijane Levine, Times Staff Writer
College commencement speeches are not usually remembered for their brevity or wit. In fact, sometimes they're not remembered, period. Sandra Tsing Loh, for example, couldn't recall who the speaker was at her own 1983 Caltech commencement when she was asked about it shortly after being named this year's speaker at her prestigious alma mater.
July 13, 1991 | From Associated Press
A Boston University dean accused of plagiarism resigned Friday, saying the misdeed was inadvertent and that he "must have slipped into a black hole." H. Joachim Maitre, dean of the College of Communication since 1987, offered his resignation in a letter to school President John R. Silber, who said he was accepting the resignation "with deep regret." While he praised Maitre's work, Silber said it is the duty of "all responsible scholars and writers to credit their sources."
Former state assemblyman and energy commissioner Charles Imbrecht was eulogized Saturday morning at Trinity Lutheran Church--the same church where he was baptized, confirmed and married. More than 200 people gathered for the memorial service in the wood church to pay tribute to a man some mourners credited with a razor sharp intellect and a get-things-done approach to politics. On Tuesday, Imbrecht, whose primary home was in Sacramento, was found dead at his Pasadena apartment.
July 2, 1987 | MARY LOU FULTON, Times Staff Writer
David Graham intended to surprise a few people with his commencement speech at Artesia High School last week. The 18-year-old felt his classmates deserved more than the usual go-forth-and-conquer message, so he came up with a speech that included these thoughts: "Your parents and teachers . . . say, 'You are the future.' Why do they do this? They're lazy. You see, they've messed up this world, and now they're making you clean it up."
May 24, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama condemned sexual misconduct in the military and told Naval Academy graduates to try to restore Americans' faith in institutions in a commencement speech that hinted at the scandals swirling around the president. “As we've seen again in recent days, it only takes the misconduct of a few to further erode the people's trust in their government,” Obama said Friday in a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. “And that's unacceptable to me, and I know it's unacceptable to you.” Obama's remarks didn't explicitly reference the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups, one of three controversies that consumed the news in recent weeks.
May 12, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Seeking to connect with the community of evangelicals that has been cold to his candidacy for many months, Mitt Romney delivered a commencement speech at Liberty University on Saturday that delved deeply into his faith while arguing that Christians of all different creeds could come together in the name of service. Speaking to a crowd of more than 30,000 at the school founded by the late televangelist Jerry Falwell, the presumed Republican nominee took the stage after an admonition from Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. - who was quoting his father - that the American people will be “electing a commander in chief, not a pastor or a religious leader” in November.
Hearing the news of Mother Teresa's death Friday, Judith Bowles recalled a commencement speech the Nobel Prize-winning nun delivered 15 years ago in Ventura County. "Her whole message was about love and that everyone should do charitable things," said Bowles, who was business manager of Thomas Aquinas College in 1982. "She was to speak at Harvard the next day and someone asked her why she was speaking at such a little place and then going to such an international place," Bowles said.
May 23, 1987
With appalling disbelief I read of President Reagan's commencement speech (Times, May 11) at all-black Tuskegee University in Alabama. It is astonishing what brazen deceitful ploys Reagan uses to attempt to extricate himself from uncomfortable uneasy circumstances his bad judgment has placed him in. It is obvious that his Tuskegee trip and recent others is to divert as much as possible public attention from his deep involvement in the Iran-...
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