When NASA astronauts first walked on the moon in 1969, eight-year-old Pamela Melroy was watching. Very few people who saw the Eagle land have forgotten the sight, but for Pam, the experience was more than awe-inspiring-it changed the course of her life.
College Alumna Offers Advice about Commencement Addresses:
^ Whitney Eriksen, Scripps ’09 was one of eight
sages who offered advice about what matters in a commencement address.
Erickson said that commencement speakers must inspire graduates, family,
friends, faculty and others – but they must lose the clichés:
"Give your own advice
in your own words. We know today is the first day of the rest of our
lives. Last year, for example, Legally Blonde screenwriter Kirsten
Smith told Scripps College’s Class of 2008, ‘Today is
the beginning of your Act 2.’ She nailed it."
The calls to action issued by commencement speakers at women’s colleges
are linked below:
Today more women are attending college than men; many older, nontraditional students are earning degrees while raising families; and financial aid, scholarships, federal loan programs, and changed policies have opened collegiate doors for students of all income levels and cultural backgrounds.