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Northwestern Commencement Speech 2009

Northwestern’s 151st commencement looked to be a washout early in the day. But as the thunderstorms of June 19 passed and the skies finally brightened, graduates and guests enjoyed an abbreviated ceremony highlighted by internationally renowned musician Wynton Marsalis.

After joking about being “appropriate to the situation” — many portions of the event were shortened as an evening storm rolled in — Marsalis read from just the first and last pages of his prepared remarks.

Marsalis urged members of the class of 2009 to soak up the moment, reminding them of all they have accomplished in donning the cap and gown.

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