Oprah Winfrey to deliver Commencement Speech at Harvard, on May 30, 2013

Oprah Winfrey will be the Principal Speaker at the Afternoon Exercises of Harvard’s 362nd Commencement – on May 30, 2013.

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Oprah Winfrey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Autograph of American Television Personality, Oprah Winfrey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oprah Winfrey is world famous and exceptionally renowned for effectively using her success as a talk show host and media entrepreneur to help society by promoting education, civic engagement, and charitable works.

Massachusetts Hall, Harvard University, Cambri...

Massachusetts Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Harvard Stadium. Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oprah’s journey from her grandmother’s Mississippi farm to becoming one of the world’s most admired women is one of the great American success stories,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “She has used her extraordinary influence and reach as a force for good in the world, with a constant focus on the importance of educational opportunity and the virtues of serving others.”

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Harvard President Drew Faust (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photo of Oprah Winfrey at her 50th birthday pa...

Photo of Oprah Winfrey at her 50th Birthday Party at Hotel Bel Air (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oprah Winfrey is an inspiration to people around the world who care about opening minds and serving the common good.” – remarked Carl F. Muller, President of the Harvard Alumni Association. Carl F. Muller also added: “I know our alumni will value the opportunity to hear from her in May.”

Winfrey on the first national broadcast of The...

Oprah Winfrey on the first national broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are the top five of the greatest contributions by Oprah Winfrey to our society:

  • Oprah’s nationally syndicated TV show, dealing with noble causes and improvements in society, had ran for more than two decades, drawing an audience of more than 40 million viewers a week in the United States and reaching 150 countries around the world.
  • Oprah has risen from humble background to become one of the world’s leading media executives through her production company, Harpo Studios, the magazine “O, The Oprah Magazine,” and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, which debuted in 2011.
  • Oprah has launched and led a wide array of educational, civic, and charitable pursuits. Oprah’s strong advocacy spurred the 1993 passage of federal legislation, known as the “Oprah Bill,” to establish a national database of convicted child abusers.
  • Oprah’s Angel Network, a public charity formed in 1998, raised funds to establish dozen of schools, to support women’s shelters, to build youth centers, and to provide relief after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Oprah has awarded hundreds of grants to organizations that support education and the empowerment of women, children, and families worldwide.
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First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and President Barack Obama at a rally (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oprah is certainly no newcomer to graduation and commencement speeches; e.g. she had delivered a commencement speech at Stanford University, California, in 2008. 

Here are the top five advice tips that Oprah had offered to the Stanford class:

  • “Lesson one: Follow your feelings. If it feels right, move forward. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.”
  • “Now I want to talk a little bit about failings, because nobody’s journey is seamless or smooth. We all stumble, we all have setbacks. If things go wrong, you hit a dead end — as you will — it’s just life’s way of saying, ‘time to change course.'”
  • “If you’re hurting, you need to help somebody else ease their hurt.”
  • “I know this for sure: That doing good actually makes you better.”
  • “Whatever field you choose, if you operate from the paradigm of service, I know your life will have more value, and you will be happy.”

The fact that Ms. Oprah Winfrey will be the Principal Speaker at the Afternoon Exercises of Harvard’s 362nd Commencement – on May 30, 2013 is a great news indeed, and I am extremely pleased to share it with the readers of this blog. Cheers! -Deo.

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada)

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Oprah Winfrey: Harpo Studios new logo and sign located outside the main studio in Chicago, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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About Deodatta Shenai-Khatkhate

Scientist by profession, with education from various Universities in India, England, Scotland, and U.S.A. Interests include Literature, Music, Photography, Social service, and understanding different cultures.
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7 Responses to Oprah Winfrey to deliver Commencement Speech at Harvard, on May 30, 2013

  1. blueroselady says:

    Thank you for inspiring me to conceive a dream to deliver a commencement speech.


  2. You are most welcome. I am glad you liked this post. Many thanks for visiting this blog, and especially for your encouraging comments. I do appreciate. Have a great day!


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