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Jodie Foster at Penn Graduation

By Brian | May 16, 2006 | Share on Facebook

Jodie Foster spoke at The University of Pennsylvania’s 250th Graduation ceremony yesterday. Highlights included taking a picture of the graduates with a disposable camera, criticisms of the Bush administration for squandering goodwill of other nations after the 9/11 attacks and the “disastrous and shameful” handling of Hurricane Katrina, and rapping to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” from his film 8 Mile.

Graduating Penn students, in what has become an unfortunate annual tradition, complained about the choice beforehand, but gave her a standing ovation afterwards. When I graduated in 1991, Ted Koppel was the speaker. After the President of the University finished reading Koppel’s ridiculously long list of accomplishments and accolades, Koppel began his address by quoting (by name) those who criticized his selection by calling him “unqualified” to speak. He then spent some time talking about responsibility in journalism. To this day, I regret not having a copy of the text of that speech. It was priceless.

Meanwhile, at least Jodie Foster had a good time with it (see picture above). Steve Wynn, an actual Penn grad, did not seem to be as enthused about receiving his honorary degree.

Topics: University of Pennsylvania | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Jodie Foster at Penn Graduation”

  1. Anonymous says at May 17th, 2006 at 8:55 pm :
    I am looking for the text of the whole Jody Foster speech. Can’t find it so far. Anyone have it?


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