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Brandeis Commencement speaker Julieanna Richardson '76: 'You may end up being the best generation yet'

By Jarret Bencks

Newly minted graduates were urged to discover their life's purpose in their dreams, never fear failure, and go forward with optimism and hope at Brandeis University's 65th Commencement ceremony May 22.

Thousands gathered inside Gosman Sports and Convocation Center Sunday to celebrate the graduates and listen to words of wisdom from distinguished speakers, including keynote Julieanna Richardson '76, an oral historian who created the world's largest video archive of the African-American experience.

Against a backdrop of celebratory music, from classics like "Pomp and Circumstance" to the contemporary sounds of Beyoncé, throngs of joyful families and friends greeted ecstatic students in robes and mortarboards, and faculty in full academic regalia as they processed down the red carpet in Gosman.

Student Union president Nyah Macklin '16 kicked off the ceremonies with an electrifying performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that ended with a standing ovation.

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Categories: Campus News, Students
Date: May 26, 2016