Good advice from commencement speakers

Columnist Amanda St. Amand notes that many commencement speakers this year are also mothers. She also doles out some Mother’s Day advice


Many of the wise words that will be uttered by speakers at commencements across Illinois began as something Mom once said.

More than 20 years have passed since my own graduation from college. I had no idea who spoke at the ceremony until I searched the archives of this newspaper. Perhaps Earl Lazerson laid some real wisdom on the 2,000 folks who were part of that graduation from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Whoever spoke at my high school graduation, I’m sure it was brilliant. I just don’t remember it.

Graduates at Northwestern University will hear from one of its funniest alums, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. One of the founders of YouTube, Jawed Karim, will talk to the grads at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. And the graduating class at Knox College in Galesburg will hear from former President Bill Clinton, who gives a good speech regardless of whether you agree with his politics.

Read the full article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.