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2018 Commencement Quiz: Who Spoke Where?

Do you know where these famous speakers gave commencement addresses this year?

All across America, college seniors are donning their graduation gowns, listening to commencement speakers dole out words of wisdom, and moving into the wider world. No more pencils! No more books! No more quizzes! Well, maybe a few more. In fact, here's a quiz now: Do you know where these famous speakers gave their 2018 commencement addresses? Scroll down slowly, so you don't miss the hints.

<b>SPEAKER:</b> Chadwick Boseman, actor NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images SPEAKER: Chadwick Boseman, actor <b>HINT:</b> It&#39;s his (and Ta-Nehisi Coates', and Toni Morrison's) alma mater. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images HINT: It's his (and Ta-Nehisi Coates', and Toni Morrison's) alma mater. <b>ANSWER:</b> Howard University<br><br><b>WORDS OF WISDOM:</b> &quot;I don’t know what your future is, but if you’re willing to take the harder way, the more complicated one, the one with more failures at first than successes ... then you will not regret it.&quot; (<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/howard-forever-at-howard-commencement-black-panther-star-celebrates-grads/2018/05/12/1f2da8ae-554a-11e8-9c91-7dab596e8252_story.html?utm_term=.df507b533989" target="_blank">article</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIHZypMyQ2s" target="_blank">video</a>) The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images ANSWER: Howard University

WORDS OF WISDOM: "I don’t know what your future is, but if you’re willing to take the harder way, the more complicated one, the one with more failures at first than successes ... then you will not regret it." (article, video)
<b>SPEAKER:</b> Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO Boston Globe/Boston Globe via Getty Images SPEAKER: Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO <b>HINT:</b> One of this Cambridge school&#39;s buildings, the Stata Center, was designed by Frank Gehry. Brooks Kraft/Corbis via Getty Images HINT: One of this Cambridge school's buildings, the Stata Center, was designed by Frank Gehry. <b>ANSWER:</b> MIT<br><br><b>WORDS OF WISDOM:</b> &quot;To make sure that technology reflects and upholds the right values, we have to build with awareness. And the best way to be more aware is to have more people in the room with different voices and different views. There are still skeptics out there when it comes to the value of diversity. They dismiss it as something we do to feel better, not to be better. They’re wrong. We cannot build technology for equality and democracy unless we have and we harness diversity in its creation.&quot; (<a href="http://news.mit.edu/2018/sheryl-sandberg-commencement-address-0608" target="_blank">text and video</a>) Boston Globe/Boston Globe via Getty Images ANSWER: MIT

WORDS OF WISDOM: "To make sure that technology reflects and upholds the right values, we have to build with awareness. And the best way to be more aware is to have more people in the room with different voices and different views. There are still skeptics out there when it comes to the value of diversity. They dismiss it as something we do to feel better, not to be better. They’re wrong. We cannot build technology for equality and democracy unless we have and we harness diversity in its creation." (text and video)
<b>SPEAKER:</b> Anita Hill, Brandeis University professor Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images SPEAKER: Anita Hill, Brandeis University professor <b>HINT:</b> Lin-Manuel Miranda (not pictured) graduated from this Connecticut school in 2002. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images HINT: Lin-Manuel Miranda (not pictured) graduated from this Connecticut school in 2002. <b>ANSWER:</b> Wesleyan University<br><br><b>WORDS OF WISDOM:</b> &quot;I attribute today’s campus engagement to an enduring desire for community, whether it is community within or community outside of your campus walls. I include in that community those of you who have disagreed with the activism of the groups that I’ve applauded. I salute you who have engaged in civil discourse despite differences. Because it takes courage to have peaceful and productive disagreements in a time of uncertainty.&quot; (<a href="http://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2018/05/28/anita-hill-delivers-2018-commencement-address" target="_blank">text</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHCW5T1IN-A" target="_blank">video </a>) Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images ANSWER: Wesleyan University

WORDS OF WISDOM: "I attribute today’s campus engagement to an enduring desire for community, whether it is community within or community outside of your campus walls. I include in that community those of you who have disagreed with the activism of the groups that I’ve applauded. I salute you who have engaged in civil discourse despite differences. Because it takes courage to have peaceful and productive disagreements in a time of uncertainty." (text, video )
<b>SPEAKER:</b> Justin Trudeau, Canadian prime minister Drew Angerer/Getty Images SPEAKER: Justin Trudeau, Canadian prime minister <b>HINT:</b> The ceremony was held at Yankee Stadium. Mario Tama/Getty Images HINT: The ceremony was held at Yankee Stadium. <b>ANSWER:</b> New York University<br><br><b>WORDS OF WISDOM:</b> &quot;There is no shortage of cynicism and selfishness in the world. Be their answer, their antidote. I am abundantly optimistic about the future because of you. It is yours to make and mold and shape. The world eagerly awaits, indeed requires, your ideas. Your initiative. Your enterprise. Your energy. Your passion and compassion. Your idealism, and your ambition. But remember that true courage is the essential ingredient in all your efforts.&quot; (<a href="http://time.com/5280153/justin-trudeau-nyu-commencement-2018-transcript" target="_blank">article with text</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkI0EVBWBXA" target="_blank">video</a>) Drew Angerer/Getty Images ANSWER: New York University

WORDS OF WISDOM: "There is no shortage of cynicism and selfishness in the world. Be their answer, their antidote. I am abundantly optimistic about the future because of you. It is yours to make and mold and shape. The world eagerly awaits, indeed requires, your ideas. Your initiative. Your enterprise. Your energy. Your passion and compassion. Your idealism, and your ambition. But remember that true courage is the essential ingredient in all your efforts." (article with text, video)
<b>SPEAKER:</b> John Lewis, Georgia congressman Paul Marotta/Getty Images SPEAKER: John Lewis, Georgia congressman <b>HINT:</b> Eight U.S. presidents — John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama — have earned degrees from this school. (Sixteen have been awarded honorary degrees.) Brooks Kraft/Corbis via Getty Images HINT: Eight U.S. presidents — John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama — have earned degrees from this school. (Sixteen have been awarded honorary degrees.) <b>ANSWER:</b> Harvard University<br><br><b>WORDS OF WISDOM:</b> &quot;My philosophy is very simple. When you see something that’s not right, not fair, not just, stand up, say something, speak up, and speak out.&quot; (<a href="https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/05/lewis-and-faust-tell-class-of-18-to-rise-to-occasion" target="_blank">article with video</a>) Paul Marotta/Getty Images ANSWER: Harvard University

WORDS OF WISDOM: "My philosophy is very simple. When you see something that’s not right, not fair, not just, stand up, say something, speak up, and speak out." (article with video)
<b>SPEAKER:</b> Vin Diesel, actor Roy Rochlin/Getty Images SPEAKER: Vin Diesel, actor <b>HINT:</b> There are 20 colleges in the City University of New York (CUNY) system; the City College of New York (CCNY) is the oldest, but this one is the largest. Drew Angerer/Getty Images HINT: There are 20 colleges in the City University of New York (CUNY) system; the City College of New York (CCNY) is the oldest, but this one is the largest. <b>ANSWER:</b> Hunter College<br><br><b>WORDS OF WISDOM:</b> &quot;My only little small advice is: If you don’t see it out there, create it. Any obstacle in the world that comes at you, or comes at our planet, be willing to create that remedy, be willing to create that solution, address it, hit it head on. Create your own opportunity if need be.&quot; (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPNA1FzldKU" target="_blank">video</a>) Roy Rochlin/Getty Images ANSWER: Hunter College

WORDS OF WISDOM: "My only little small advice is: If you don’t see it out there, create it. Any obstacle in the world that comes at you, or comes at our planet, be willing to create that remedy, be willing to create that solution, address it, hit it head on. Create your own opportunity if need be." (video)
<b>SPEAKER:</b> Oprah Winfrey, media mogul Leon Bennett/Getty Images SPEAKER: Oprah Winfrey, media mogul <b>HINT:</b> Given her singular achievements in broadcasting, publishing, and film, it&#39;s fitting that she spoke at this university&#39;s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. David McNew/Getty Images HINT: Given her singular achievements in broadcasting, publishing, and film, it's fitting that she spoke at this university's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. <b>ANSWER:</b> USC<br><br><b>WORDS OF WISDOM:</b> &quot;When you give your word, keep it. Show up, do the work, get your hands dirty, and then you’ll begin to draw strength from the understanding, the true knowing, that history is still being written. You’re writing it, every day. The wheel’s still in spin, and what you do or what you don’t do will be a part of it.&quot; (<a href="https://annenberg.usc.edu/news/commencement/oprah-winfrey-urges-usc-annenberg-graduates-seek-truth" target="_blank">article with video</a>) Leon Bennett/Getty Images ANSWER: USC

WORDS OF WISDOM: "When you give your word, keep it. Show up, do the work, get your hands dirty, and then you’ll begin to draw strength from the understanding, the true knowing, that history is still being written. You’re writing it, every day. The wheel’s still in spin, and what you do or what you don’t do will be a part of it." (article with video)
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