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Advice to graduates: Commencement speeches that have become books

Advice to graduates: Commencement speeches that have become books

As Syracuse University's 2015 commencement speaker, Mary Karr faced a tough crowd.

First, there was the matter of speaking at your home school. Karr ("The Liars' Club") is a best-selling, award-winning writer, but at Syracuse she's just that lit professor down the hall. "Nobody's a hero to his valet," she quips. And then there was the Jimmy Fallon issue; a rumor had swept the campus that the wildly popular talk show host would be speaking at commencement, a rumor that was not, in fact, true.

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"There was kind of a dust-up online...

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