This morning at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, ousted New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson delivered the university’s commencement address to graduates and their guests.
She opened her speech poking fun that her remarks have garnered so much media interest.
“I think the only real news here today is your graduation from this great university…I’m impressed that your achievements have attracted so much media attention, as well they should.”
Abramson’s speech intertwined the topics of resilience and family, recalling, “Very early last Thursday, my sister called me. She said ‘I know dad would be as proud of you today as the day you became executive editor of The New York Times.’ I’d been fired the previous day. So I knew what she was trying to say. It meant more to our father to see us deal with a set back and try to bounce back, than to watch how we handled our successes.”
Recalling a conversation with students the previous evening, Abramson was asked if she was going to get that Times “T” tattooed on her back removed. “Not a chance.”
Before concluding, Abramson both asked and answered something likely on the minds of many 2014 grads.
“What’s next for me? I don’t know. So I’m exactly in the same boat as many of you. And like you, I’m a little scared, but also excited.”
Check out the full speech via POLITICO Video, below.