Anatomy of a Graduation Speech

Nick Hanauer
Nick Hanauer

At the UW Department of Philosophy’s 2018 graduation reception, entrepreneur and social change advocate Nick Hanauer (BA, Philosophy, 1981) spoke about the enduring value of a philosophy degree. Through footnoted phrases, see how his speech reflects Hanauer's own experiences. 

I am so pleased to be here and profoundly flattered to be asked to speak to you today. But sadly, I doubt I was invited because of my significant contribution to modern philosophical thought.

Truth be told, I was not a model student. I horsed around in college a lot. I had a very good time. I should have worked harder. If I had to do it over again, I would have paid...

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