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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1130L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439237041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439237048
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,552,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 10 Up?A collection of recent college baccalaureate speeches by 20 prominent Americans (some recently deceased). The speeches represent a multicultural, cross-section of individuals, both male and female. Wisdom and common sense are evident in the addresses of Cathy Guisewite, Billy Joel, and Robert Fulgham. Humor characterizes the advice of Neil Simon and Dr. Seuss. Others included are Jimmy Carter, Arthur Ashe, Wilma Mankiller, Marian Wright Edelman, and Colin Powell. Brief biographical sketches and photos precede each entry. This is an updated, balanced collection of very readable speeches, sure to inspire other commencement speakers. It is similar to I Am Honored to be Here Today... (Oceana, 1985; o.p.). The audience for Boyko's title may be limited, but the reading is lively and interesting.?Judy R. Johnston, Auburn High School, WA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 8^-12. This collection brings together commencement addresses by notable Americans, including Arthur Ashe, Ken Burns, Jimmy Carter, Cathy Guisewite, Daniel Inouye, Billy Joel, Wilma Mankiller, Ralph Nader, Colin Powell, Carl Sagan, Dr. Seuss, Neil Simon, and Gloria Steinem. Although there may be little demand for books of speeches, the names of the speakers will attract some attention and many of these public figures show different sides of themselves, which their admirers and detractors alike will find disarming and often entertaining. Readers who pick up this unusual volume will be rewarded with wit as well as wisdom. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By John H. Hwung on April 8, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book has even less good speeches than that of "Graduation Day." There are just too many speeches that are convenient for the speakers and not primarily spoken for the benefits of the graduates. Also, there are a lot of bland speeches.

With this said, there are a few good ones in this book: The speeches by Robert D. Ballard and Marian Wright Edelman are the best. The one by Neil Simon is also pretty good.

The best book so far on graduation speeches is "Graduation Moments."
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By Patte Bettis-Eddie on June 5, 2013
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Thanks you. I almost forgot about this order from last year or so. I need to order another book for this upcoming school year.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Interesting short readings by a variety of people.
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