June 23, 2006
Commencement Addresses: on Independent Thought
The importance of reasoned debate and independent thought was a prominent theme in many commencement addresses this year. Speakers encouraged graduates to think critically, argue passionately, and evaluate their allegiances carefully. Following are excerpts from recent graduation speeches.
Salman Rushdie, author, at Nova Southeastern University:
The real world, to which you are about to return after these years in Florida, is full of wonders and brilliance, I am happy to report,