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Commencement 2010

SOC Commencement 2010 students with Kopple


Two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker
and SOC commencement speaker Barbara Kopple (center) stands with
undergraduate speaker Molly Sauer (left) and graduate speaker (right)
Jennifer Dorsey.

School of Communication Ceremony

Saturday, May 8, 2010, at 9:00 a.m.
See photos and speeches from past SOC commencement ceremonies.

Commencement 2010 Speeches

A two-time Academy–Award winning filmmaker, Barbara Kopple, addressed the 2010 School of Communication commencement and attended the post-commencement reception for students, faculty and guests. Kopple received a doctor of human letters.

"There are so many voices that need to be amplified, so many fascinating stories to tell. communicate is to connect, to build community."

Full speech: Video / Text

Messages to
the class of 2010

Filmmaker Barbara Kopple will speak at the American University School of Communication 2010 Commencement Ceremony

Graduating seniors share experiences and some advice with their classmates.

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School of Communication Dean Larry Kirkman:

"The power of the Internet, the penetration of mobile media, the deployment of broadband, and the triumph of social media -- Facebook and YouTube and Twitter -- have forced us to anticipate, and help shape, new professional roles and dynamic media services. We are mapping the emerging landscape of cloud computing, semantic search and pervasive gaming."

Full speech Text / Audio

Molly Sauer, Undergraduate Speaker, receiving a dual degree in Public Communication and History:

"My semester in South Africa changed my outlook and changed my path. While my friends from home were just starting to think about what they wanted to do, I was interning at the Washington Post and a global health group. I was taking courses that pushed me far outside my comfort zone. Most importantly, I was realizing th

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Jennifer Denise Dorsey, M.A. Public Communication

"We're in Bender Arena. It may sound odd, but it's been a big part of my education. Freshman Year I was here for a debate between Secretary Bolton and James Carville. The next year Senator Kennedy endorsed soon-to-be President Obama before a massive crowd. And last year I witnessed the AU Men's basketball team take the Patriot Leaugue Championship for the second year in a row." 

Full speech Text /Audio