Spring Graduations Mean Headline-Generating Speeches

In the spotlight this year is billionaire Robert F. Smith, who in his commencement speech at Morehouse College pledged to pay off the entire student loan debt of the Class of 2019. Smith’s was just the latest in a long line of newsmaking addresses through history:

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