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Commencement 2013: A sampling of advice to this year's college grads

Comedy writer Robert Orben once said that graduations are ceremonies at which the speaker tells students attired in identical caps and gowns that individuality is the key to success. As on-target as this amusing observation may be, it only begins to represent the variety of advice shared at college graduations. Here are some memorable excerpts from this spring’s speeches:

By Ross Atkin, Staff writer

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Duke University President Richard Brodhead and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, process into Wallace Wade Stadium during Duke University's commencement on Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Durham, N.C.

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1. Neighborly outlook

“You can change the way you think about other people. You can choose to see their humanity first. We are finally creating the tools to turn the world into a neighborhood. You can light up a network of 7 billion people with long-lasting and highly-motivating human connections.”

Melinda Gates

Philanthropist

At Duke University (in Durham, N.C.)

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