Watch Oprah Winfrey Give the Commencement Speech at Smith

The media titan addressed graduates at the women's college on May 21.

American icon Oprah Winfrey spoke to graduates at Smith College’s 2017 commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21.

Students at the all-women’s school heard wisdom and encouragement from Winfrey, whose decades-long career in media has made her among the world’s best known figures in entertainment and a prominent advocate for women’s empowerment. In the speech, which was a video of which was published by MassLive, she tells students to use their talents to change the world for the better.

“[U]nderstanding that there is an alignment between who you are and what you do is the real, true empowerment,” she says in the speech, according to a description on Smith’s website. She adds, “Shift the paradigm to service and the rewards will come.”


Spencer Buell Staff Writer at Boston Magazine sbuell@bostonmagazine.com


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