Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Advice to Students

The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates considers what kind of advice he'd offer to students in Baltimore County if he were invited to speak to them.

Advice From Commencement Speeches

This is from a commencement speech he gave to the University of the Arts, and although I appreciate the sentiment behind what he's saying, the only piece of advice I've ever used from a commencement speech was to remember to wear sunscreen.

‘Avoiding the Treadmill’ and Letting Stress Win: A Commencement Speech

The best advice and the worst advice I've ever gotten were three words long. The best advice was "avoid the treadmill". It was 2003. I was coming to the end of a master's degree in a subject (political philosophy) and a city (London) I was ready to leave. I was 22 years old.

Actually Useful Commencement Speeches

Remember graduation? Remember what your speakers talked about? I vaguely recall something about never forgetting about what my dreams are, and to remember to do something that I love and that makes a difference because I am the future.