And that's where everything that followed for me began. Winfrey said she was devastated by the charges, but immediately began an investigation and made sure the students received counseling. Gates e-mailed back a three-page letter, telling her how as a young boy, he too was one of the only ones who wanted to be a scholar, a Rhodes scholar, telling her how they carried the torch of our ancestors into the future, telling her how it's all right to be what you want to be. As a philanthropist, activist, former talk show host, and business mogul, she has definitely created what some may call her own empire. In this unforgettable moment at Stanford University, Oprah Winfrey Commencement address touches the hearts of teachers, students and parents alike by sharing her career experiences that began in 1976.
So, I thought, I'm going to let this college thing go and I only had one credit short. But a few years ago I decided, as you will at some point, that it was time to recalculate, find new territory, break new ground. But, my father, from that time on and for years after, was always on my case, because I did not graduate. She is the Oprah Winfrey. But having a lot of money does not automatically make you a successful person. And that lesson alone will save you, my friends, a lot of grief. Our New Earth webcast has been downloaded 30 million times with that book.
Oprah was very familiar with her speech content. Oprah Winfrey Her support for Barack Obama helped him gain 1 million votes in the 2008 election. At the age 14 she gave birth to a premature baby that died. Trying to discover new things. You have to be in the moment. And sometimes I wouldn't read the copy—because I wanted to be spontaneous—and I'd come across a list of words I didn't know and I'd mispronounce.
So, I contacted a child trauma specialist. I have pictures which I can e-mail to you all of Kirby riding horsey with me on all fours. And I'm especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. It's good for buying things. I am Professor Harry Elam, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford. The ceremony began with what is perhaps Stanford's most famous nontraditional tradition—the Wacky Walk. I wanted every girl to feel her worth reflected in her surroundings.
Overall, Oprah did a great job catering to the diverse audience with her speech. When you're doing the work you're meant to do, it feels right and every day is a bonus, regardless of what you're getting paid. By then, I had my own show, was nationally syndicated. Every right decision I've made—every right decision I've ever made—has come from my gut. Some of us forgot the the passcodes for lunch and most of us were eager to find friends. If you really get the lesson, you pass and you don't have to repeat the class. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.
The overall tone of the message was exciting, funny and receptive. That's my father's dream for me. She lets the audience know that earth is like a school and our lives are the classrooms. Each of you has been blessed with this enormous opportunity of attending this prestigious school. You have to earn it and making money has to have meaning. When Michael was just 8 years old Michael nearly died from a bacterial infection that cost him both of his hands and both of his feet.
Just wait 'til you get there. There she lived with her mother and half-sister,. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story. And I'm so happy to be here; just happy that I finally, after four years, get to see her room. There has to be some way that this darkness can be banished with light. We might not always see it, or hear it on the news or even feel it in our daily lives, but I have faith that no matter what, Class of 2013, you will be okay and you will make sure our country is okay.
It is a great tradition to have a commencement speech at the universities on the occasion of allotting the degree to the student. I have pictures which I can e-mail to you all of Kirby riding horsey with me on all fours. So, she never wants anyone who's first meeting her to know that I know her and she knows me. Honor your creator, your family, your ancestors and when you walk this path of privilege, don't forget the less privileged you leave behind. At age 14 she was impregnated by one of her abusers. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, and gave a powerful acceptance speech during Sunday night's ceremony. I consider the world, this Earth, to be like a school and our life the classrooms.