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Episcopal Collegiate Commencement Speaker: Celeste Headlee

Each year, Episcopal Collegiate invites a noteworthy and accomplished speaker for our annual commencement exercises, and this year we were proud to host the award-winning journalist, Celeste Headlee. On Saturday, August 1, 2020, Celeste joined Episcopal for its seventeenth annual commencement in celebration of our senior graduating class. She delivered a poignant speech, inspiring graduates to learn from their mentors and experiences. 

Headlee is a journalist, professional speaker, and author of We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter and Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving. In her 20-year career in public radio, she has been the Executive Producer of On Second Thought at Georgia Public Radio and anchored programs including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She also served as co-host of the national morning news show, The Takeaway, from PRI and WNYC, and anchored presidential coverage in 2012 for PBS World Channel. Headlee’s TEDx Talk sharing ten ways to have a better conversation has been watched more than 23 million times.

Headlee opened her speech by sympathizing with the Class of 2020. “This is not how any of you imagined your graduation looking like, and for that, I am so sorry.” She went on to candidly share about receiving advice, and laughed with the audience members about how no one likes to take advice because we all think of it as criticism. Headlee encouraged the graduating class to listen to mentors and professionals who are taking the time to invest in them, you never know how much your future will be affected by their wisdom. Headlee ended her commencement address by saying, “make your life a group activity. I’m rooting for you!”

Thank you, Celeste, for making the time to speak to our graduating class. It was a day they will never forget! 

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