In terms of journalists as commencement speakers, Stephen A. Smith would easily make my top five.
The blunt ESPN contributor gave the commencement speech at Winston Salem State University Saturday and dropped some knowledge for the class of 2011:
“If you want to be somebody, you’ve got to annihilate the competition,” said Smith, who graduated from WSSU in 1991. “Anything less is a waste of your time and a waste for the people who believe in you.”
And once you give the world your all, “you have to do it over and over and over again,” he said.
“I’m in no mood to mince words,” he said in the commencement speech from the podium.
He told the graduates to look up in the stands and wave to their parents and family. Read more