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The Boston Globe’s Mary Carmichael points out that journalist Fareed Zakaria gave essentially the same speeches at 2012 Harvard and Duke graduation ceremonies. His defense:

Those are students from two very similar institutions graduating within two weeks of each other. I don’t see how I could have come up with two completely different speeches without giving one group a second-rate talk. I’d rather come up with the same important message I think they need to hear.

The Time columnist/CNN talker pointed out that many other commencement speakers recycle their own material. “That is true,” writes Carmichael. “Governor Deval Patrick spoke at six commencements in 2009; they overlapped so much that some students listened with homemade Bingo cards in hand.”

* Fareed Zakaria’s speeches strike a similar tone (Boston Globe)