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Opinion | NICHOLAS BURNS

JFK’s wisdom for graduates

In a season of commencement speeches, those trying to impart a measure of wisdom to college grads would do well to consult President John F. Kennedy’s American University speech, given 50 years ago next month.

In its ambition, vision, and poetic beauty, it may be the most important speech by an American president in the half century since it was delivered. Of all Kennedy’s speeches, I admire this the most for its moral courage and strong sense of idealism and hope.

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