Wed., May 2, 2012 2:45pm (EDT)

The Ten Things You Won't Hear At Commencement
Updated: 2 years ago

Elmira College graduates gather at their 2010 commencement.
Every spring, new graduates sit through commencement addresses full of advice to seize the day, dream big and make the world a better place.

Charles Wheelan says he's sick of those speeches. When he spoke at his alma mater, Dartmouth College, he delivered what he called an "anti-commencement" speech, with straightforward advice that he wishes someone had told him at graduation. He lists ten of those pieces of advice in an essay that ran Wall Street Journal, including "Some of your worst days lie ahead" and "Don't try to be great."

Wheelan joins NPR's Jennifer Ludden to talk about the ten things your commencement speaker won't tell you.


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