Niagara University Places 11 Among NPR List of Best Commencement Addresses

June 3, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

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With graduation season in full swing, NPR recently unveiled a collection of the 316 commencement addresses that its writers consider the best ever.

Eleven of “The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever” were delivered at Niagara University.

  • Mother Theresa (1982)
  • Tim Russert (2000)
  • Benjamin Carson Jr. (2003)
  • John Roberts (2005)
  • Michael Ignatieff (2006)
  • Jennie Cyran (2007)
  • Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. (2007)
  • Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. (2007)
  • Clayborne Carson (2008)
  • Very Rev. David O’Connell, C.M. (2008)
  • Jaclyn Rossi (2008)

The only other school from Western New York to appear on the list was the University of Buffalo, which had one speech included.

To construct the list, NPR staffers sifted through addresses dating back to 1774 and built an online database of what they construed to be the very best.

To view the full database, visit