RSA Commencement

16th Oct 2013; 13:00

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We are thrilled to announce that the bestselling memoirist, novelist and essayist Cheryl Strayed will launch a brand new RSA events series – RSA Commencement.

Cheryl Strayed’s ‘Dear Sugar’ columns have touched millions of readers world-wide with their candour and wise counsel.

Commencement addresses are a time-honoured tradition in universities and high schools across the US.  A notable public thinker or doer is invited to give a speech to inspire, galvanise and advise an eager class of scroll-clutching graduates about to face the world. But in the YouTube era, videos of these heartfelt doses of hard-won wisdom have reached a much wider audience, and countless moving and practical commencement insights have swept the globe. 

The RSA has been the home for world-changing ideas for over 250 years, and we are delighted to be welcoming leading lights from around the world to give a uniquely RSA spin on the commencement tradition, with an exciting new series of specially curated addresses, guaranteed to inspire an all-inclusive global audience - from high-school students to centenarians.

Speaker: Cheryl Strayed, best-selling author of 'Wild' and 'Tiny Beautiful Things'.

Chair: Matthew Taylor, RSA chief executive.


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A Brainpickings round-up of the very best commencement addresses can be found online here.

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