Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post Delivers Graduation Commencement Speech at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY

Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington’s advice to Sarah Lawrence College graduates at this year’s commencement ceremony

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This weekend, many of our local college grads flicked their tassels to the other side of their mortarboard hats and entered the “real world.” Boy, do we not envy them.

Nor do we envy those who stand at the podium and tell them that, sure, student loan debts are through the roof and some people think that college educations offer no ROI anyway — not to mention the unemployment rate — but things are going to be okay!

Luckily, some great speakers delivered straight-talk to the class of 2011. Sarah Lawrence College, for example, hosted Arianna Huffington on May 20. Huffington is, of course, the mogul behind the Huffington Post. She told the class, “I love the fact that you have a James Joyce scholar as your president, because it’s a little known fact that when I was considering launching the Huffington Post in 2005, I first thought I was going to call it Huffington’s Wake. It was going to be full of puns, and allusions to Greek mythology, and there was going to be a blog by Leopold Bloom, and another by Steven Dedalus, and nobody was actually going to read it, but everybody was going to pretend to have read it and declare it fabulous.” (Is that not the best description of the 21st-century college experience?)

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