May 30, 2011

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Dr. Earle was presented with yet another Honorary Doctorate of Science before delivering a moving commencement speech to the 133rd graduating class at Smith College.

“You have managed, somehow,” she said, “to come along at what may be the most important time in all of history — if what you have in mind is making a difference for the future of the world.” A self-professed ‘hope-a-holic’, Sylvia took those present on a magic carpet ride filled with hope, while at the same time painting a clear picture of the state of our troubled ocean planet, as only she can.

“And you, lucky you, are here to fly the aircraft, write the songs, dive the subs, find the cures, run the companies, lead this country, lead this world to a better, more prosperous future for all of life on earth — ourselves, very much included. Now is the time…. Take a deep breath, and dive right in.”

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