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The Commencement Bowl

Your college years really are the best of your life—which becomes apparent when you’re on the threshold of the real world, with its “laundromats” and “jobs.” To prepare grads, colleges recruit public figures to deliver existential pep talks. Landing the best speakers, meanwhile, has become a kind of intercollegiate sport. Here, with commencement season upon us, a look at this year’s rivalries.

Author Ed Frankl

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Images: Getty images (Kerry, Bloomberg, Hamlin, Bill and Melinda Gates); ABC via Getty Images (Gore); Nate Beckett/Splash News/Corbis (legend); Michael Loccisano/Getty Images (King); Bloomberg via Getty Images (Lagarde)

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