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Meryl Streep: Barnard College's Commencement Speaker!

Meryl Streep: Barnard College's Commencement Speaker!

Meryl Streep addresses graduates at Barnard College’s commencement exercises on Monday (May 17) in New York City.

The 60-year-old actress was awarded the Barnard Medal of Distinction, the college’s highest honor. Here are some tidbits from her speech (via Vancouver Observer):

  • “Barnard women have advantage and need to look forward to speeding progress in areas of suffering. There is only change, resistance to it, then more change.”
  • “Awards have little bearing on my own personal well being and happiness.
    Being a celebrity has taught me to hide; being an actor has helped me to open my soul. Being here has helped me dig deep to find something to offer you. And you don’t have to do anything except to make your parents proud. And you already have…”
  • “My success has been predicated on pulling things over on people.”
  • “Pretending is imagined possibility, an important life skill. Strategically, sympathetically.”
  • Click inside to watch Meryl‘s entire speech!

    15+ pictures inside of Meryl Streep at Barnard College’s graduation…


    Meryl Streep: Barnard College Commencement, Part I


    Meryl Streep: Barnard College Commencement, Part II


    Meryl Streep: Barnard College Commencement, Part III


    Meryl Streep: Barnard College Commencement, Part IV

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    14 Comments

    # 1

    She’s amazing. A wonderful actress and an incredible person! Love Meryl! :)

    # 2

    Great actress! Love her..

    # 4

    Such an intelligent, funny, talented and beautiful woman! She’s just great!

    # 5

    she’s a fantastic classy bright actress

    # 6

    <3 Meryl, who doesn’t.

    # 7

    Here is an intelligent, incredibly funny, and wonderful actress.

    # 8

    Smart, classy, talented, beautiful legend. I’d go back to college just to have her as my commencement speaker. Barnard was so lucky!

    # 9

    Wow, is she really 60???? She looks awesome, must be her happy, cheerful personality that has helped her keep her youthful look!

    Amber-louise @ 05/18/2010 at 11:09 pm

    Meryl rocks! She seems so grounded and yet is such a sought after leading lady :)

    You gotta love her…………………. Very very Humble…………. i adore her.

    LOVED ‘its complicated’- hilarious. Yes she is beauty and brains.

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