Thursday, May 12, 2022

“Striking similarities” between commencement speeches

At Duke University, a commencement speech that bears “striking similarities” to one delivered at Harvard University eight years ago.

One way to ensure that your commencement speech will not bear striking similarities to someone else’s commencement speech: don’t carefully “reword” (as they say) passages from that other speech.

The awkward question to ask: How likely is it that this commencement speech marks the first time the speechmaker has taken someone else’s words and ideas, made slight alterations, and presented the result as her own work?


May 13: Here’s a side-by-side video comparison.

Related reading
All OCA plagiarism posts (Pinboard)

comments: 2

Joe DiBiase said...

The expression, "Why reinvent the wheel?" doesn't apply to all situations.

Michael Leddy said...

Get your own invention, says I. : )