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Oprah to deliver Duke's 2009 graduation speech

Posted October 6, 2008

— Oprah Winfrey will deliver Duke University’s 2009 commencement address on May 10, Duke President Richard Brodhead announced Monday.

“Oprah Winfrey has established herself as one of the most compelling figures of this time,” Brodhead said. “A media pioneer, she is a vivid example of the power of individual initiative."

"In her role as entertainer and entrepreneur, she has done as much to promote reading as anyone now alive," Brodhead continued. "Through her work as a philanthropist, she has become a force for literacy and education around the world. We will be delighted to welcome her to Duke.”

Winfrey is the supervising producer and host of the top-rated, award-winning “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” She is also the first woman to own and produce her own nationally syndicated talk show.

Duke will present Winfrey with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the commencement ceremony.


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  • Me again Oct 7, 2008

    O, O, O, O, Oooooooooo

  • mmania Oct 6, 2008

    BIG DEAL Used to like her, now I don't she's almost got a cult going.

  • Tarheel True Oct 6, 2008

    I heard Duke was bummed because Harvard got Jerry Springer.

  • miketroll3572 Oct 6, 2008

    Instead of speaking at duke, she should get her mother a job so she can pay that 150,000 bucks she owes for cloths. She is suing the company because she said they should not have given her credit so she ain't paying........CLASSIC

  • Red Oct 6, 2008

    Reason enough to become a UNC fan.

  • copforlife Oct 6, 2008

    What happen did everyone else decline?????

  • iron fist Oct 6, 2008

    I'm just glad I don't have to listen to her.

  • tiredofgovtwaste Oct 6, 2008

    I wonder, I wonder, I wonder who selected her to deliver. Was it the students or was it the president? How much money is she contributing and what building or school will bear her name. I wonder, I wonder, I wonder?

  • westoflyra Oct 6, 2008

    To me she'll always be a big "O"

  • AC Man Oct 6, 2008

    There goes the neigborhood.... why her???