2011 Black Commencement Speakers Leave Their Mark

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Denzel Washington, University of Pennsylvania

"I was a 1.8 GPA one semester, and the university very politely suggested that it might be better to take some time off. I was 20 years old and I was at my lowest point," Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington recalled as he delivered the University of Pennsylvania’s 255th commencement address on May 16.

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