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Madeleine Albright Addresses UNC Grads

Posted May 13, 2007

Madeleine Albright, the nation's first female Secretary of State, spoke at the University of North Carolina’s graduation ceremonies in Kenan Stadium Saturday and encouraged the university's 5,400 graduates to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Albright told students that while a college degree is important, so is an inner compass.

“Whether that compass is true will determine whether you are blown about by every breeze, or able to chart a course that reflects your own ambitions and values,” she said.

“Having Madeleine Albright (speak at graduation,) that was like, ‘Oh my Gosh,’ you know?” said UNC graduate Stephanie Morgan. “It's the joy of being at Carolina.”

But it was tough to compete with the joy of turning the tassel. In addition to the 5,000 degrees awarded Sunday, the university also gave out honorary degrees. Legendary UNC men’s basketball coach Dean Smith accepted an honorary law degree, as did Albright.

Now that the graduates have their degrees, many said their real work is just beginning.

“I actually start work on Tuesday,” said UNC graduate Kacie Lord. “I'll be working at a college as a financial aid planner.”

“I actually have a job at New Hope Elementary School in Hillsborough,” said UNC graduate Blair
Waggett. “I'm going to be a fifth-grade teacher.”

Also among the Tar Heels' Class of 2007 was Michael Easley, the son of Gov. Mike Easley. He majored in political science and graduated with honors.

More than 4,000 degrees were also handed out at Duke University on Sunday, as the school held its 155th commencement at Wallace Wade Stadium. General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner addressed the graduates.


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  • nowon_yuno May 15, 2007

    Did't she have some place in Texas invaded and kill a bunch of little kids?

  • mvnull May 14, 2007

    "... liberal, left over from the blue dress years...." You know, this would go over a lot better if Bush hadn't screwed up so badly in the 6 years he's been in office. Not to mention how well the Republicans did in Congress.

  • now May 14, 2007

    WOW, a liberal, left over from the blue dress years speaks in the People's Republic of Chapel Hill to a group of people that have spent four years getting indoctrinated into the Democrat Party. This woman is a perfect example of the current Democrat party. Extremely weak on defense and don't mind blaming this country for everything bad. Glad I didn't have to sit thru it!!!!!

  • erggggg May 14, 2007

    RedStatesManWatts: a few years ago they had a noted republican speaker. he was a black, gay divinity prof at harvard and a republican.

  • erggggg May 14, 2007

    how come there is no article about the ncsu speaker? or is urkel-look-alike not cool enough? p.s. thank yyou SO MUCH WRAL for revamping the comments area! i really appreciate the page tabs!!!

  • Dr. Ben Dover May 14, 2007

    "Oh my Gosh,’ you know?”

    Must be a communications major.

  • wynnediii May 14, 2007

    Is Sandy "Burglar" available for next year if Jim Black can't do it for 5-10?

  • RedStatesManWatts May 14, 2007

    From the sound of that student interview, you would think this was like Valley Girl State University, like!

  • RedStatesManWatts May 14, 2007

    Who else would UNC choose to give the commencement address except for a member of the Left Party. "You know like oh my gosh like she is like so like liberal you know like wow, like really wow and like I want to be like like her like you know what I mean?!"

  • your-name-here May 14, 2007

    I paid my own way through UNC and my "daddy" is retired Army so don't make generalizations about who attends UNC, its a great school regardless of politics