This was the commencement address for my own graduation from my master's program at SVA. As a fan of Weems' work for many years, I flipped out when it was announced she would be our speaker. Her delivery is chilling. How do you measure a life?
Annotated transcript and background: https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/05/27/carrie-mae-weems-sva-commencement-address/ Recording courtesy of the School of Visual Arts: http://www.sva.edu/ More of the best commencement addresses of all time: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/05/20/the-best-commencement-addresses-of-all-time/