An Effective Commencement Speech By Joanne Kathleen Essay

751 Words Apr 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Nowadays many college students fear for failure, for the real world is unpredictable. As we grow up, the level of education starts getting complex. It requires students to think critically and be able to apply their knowledge and skills into the real world. Many believe failure is depressing, which leads them to negative thoughts. As a result, stress and anxiety starts building up. However Joanne Kathleen, known as the author of the Harry Potter series, was able to contradict the idea that failure can actually mean a good start. On June 5, 2008, Rowling delivered an effective commencement address at Harvard University. She has a charismatic tone during her presentation using references to Harry Potter and her own life experiences. Therefore, she is able to connect with the 2008 Harvard graduates using ethos, pathos, and logos.
Unique Speech
Rowling’s speech is incredibly unique and humorous. On the second paragraph, Rowling explains a small flashback to her college graduation. She explains that the “distinguished British philosopher Baroness Mary Warnock” did not do an effective job when giving her commencement address. Rowling audaciously claims, “I can’t remember a single word she said” (Rowling, 2008 para. 2). Soon after, her audience laughs because many can relate to her. Usually, people stop listening when the presenter does not connect effectively with them. With a touch of humor she proceeds by saying, “This liberating discovery enables me to proceed without any fear…

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