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Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 05/10/2011

Advice to the Class of 2011 from big names (and small ones, too)


Ah, it’s commencement season. And just in case you don’t want to sit through an hours-long ceremony to gather inspiration, here are the highlights so far.

(Do you have advice of your own? Tell me on Twitter, using the hashtag #2011Advice.)

“When you get out there, all I ask is that you: DON’T WRITE FOR FREE! Nobody asks strippers to strip for free, doctors to doctor for free or professors to profess for free. Have some pride!” — Sports writer Rick Reilly to University of Colorado journalism grads

@wpjenna "Post-grad life may not be easy at first, few things are, keeping pushing, believe in your abilities and keeping trying to learn."less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

“You know you have started to die when you have more memories than you have dreams.” — The Rev. Rick Frechette at Marywood University in Pennsylvania

@wpjenna To make sure their online presence is cleaned up and appropriate for potential employers who might google them!less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

“No matter what career paths you begin on, you should spend some time in government... in public service.” — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at Emory University

Don't think for a second that you're done learning! RT @ambabka: RT @wpjenna: What advice would you give a Class of 2011 college grad?less than a minute ago via HootSuite Favorite Retweet Reply

“As you make your way, decide what success means for you... Don't confuse success with a richness of life and happiness.” — Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at Auburn University

@wpjenna Be flexible. Goals and aspirations are great, but life and work rarely go according to plan. Be ready & willing to adapt.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet Reply

Did you catch an inspiring commencement speech you think that I should feature? Leave a comment, shoot me an e-mail (johnsonj@washpost.com) or tell me on Twitter.

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