Hundreds of Graduation Speeches This Year Will Include the Same Demand

When Robin Happel gave her commencement speech at Fordham University’s ceremony for graduating seniors in the Bronx on Friday, she hit all of the rhythms you’d expect: a quick joke about the stress of finals week to lighten the mood; a familiar aphorism from the university’s president, Father Joseph McShane. Then she talked about the floods.

“The fall of my junior year, my roommate watched her city flood during Hurricane Harvey, and at the time I couldn’t imagine what that felt...


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