Commencement 2008

Jessica Lange’s rousing commencement speech made waves across the country—and around the world—as media outlets seized on her comments about President Bush and the Iraq War. The Oscar-winning star of Tootsie and Blue Sky said the graduates have “a heavy burden” to chart a new path for the country.

Lange speaking at commencement

Read Lange’s speech, watch the video, or see what the other speakers had to say here

“You must determine if we are going to measure ourselves on the basis of military might and economic power or if there is perhaps something deeper—more essential in our national character—that needs to be awakened.”

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Photos by Chris Taggart