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Commencement season: Speakers share inspiration, insight, and advice with college grads

It’s college graduation season and the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” which began in late April, will be heard at commencement ceremonies until mid-June. Many more speeches have yet to be given that impart the usual pearls of wisdom and advice on pursuing dreams, being daring, and contributing to society. Here’s a sampling of excerpts from speeches given to graduates around the country.

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair shakes hands with a Colby College graduate after giving the commencement address, on Sunday, May 20, in Waterville, Maine. At left of Blair is college President William Adams.

David Leaming/The Central Maine Morning Sentinel/AP

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Tony Blair

The former British Prime Minister spoke at Colby College in Maine. “Successful people are not defined by a restless search for fame and fortune but by an insatiable desire to be better and an infinite curiosity as to how. They’re perpetual voyagers on the journey of self-improvement.”

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