Stephen Colbert UVA speech: watch 2013 Valedictory Address at University of Virginia. (VIDEO)
Watch Stephen Colbert’s Speech to College Graduates
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May 20 2013 10:28 AM

Watch Stephen Colbert’s Speech to New Graduates

Over the weekend, the University of Virginia uploaded to YouTube Stephen Colbert’s Valedictory Adress to the school’s 2013 graduates. Colbert offers his thoughts on university founder Thomas Jefferson and his version of the school’s honor code (“I have neither given nor received help on this assignment, so help me Adderall”) before arriving at the advice portion of his speech, which includes such gems as: “You do not owe the previous generation anything. Thanks to us, you owe it to the Chinese.”


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