Graduating seniors of Northampton-based all-women’s school Smith College will be receiving words of wisdom from a powerful female figure Sunday. Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Huffington Post, will be delivering Smith’s commencement address at 10 a.m. in the campus Quadrangle. For those curious to hear Huffington’s speech, Smith has made a live stream of the graduation ceremony available, allowing far-flung friends and family to follow along with the commencement festivities live online.
Below is a live stream of Smith College’s commencement, which will begin at 10 a.m.
Huffington will be receiving an honorary degree at Smith alongside three other accomplished women: activist Loretta Ross, composer Joan Tower and Melanne Verveer, the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for women’s issues.
Since launching the Huffington Post in 2005, Huffington has gone on to write 13 books and be named to TIME magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people twice. She delivered a keynote speech here in the Hub back in December, focused on three key components—our personal lives, our professional lives and how we can combine the two, doing anything with less stress—which she may touch upon again today.
“Every day in every life consists of things that are going well, and things that are going badly,” Huffington had told the crowd. Our days depend on which side of the coin we focus on, however. As Huffington posed: “If we have the power to imagine whatever we want, why don’t we imagine the best? Why don’t we create our own fantasies?”
After Smith’s graduating class walks across the stage today and transitions their tassels from right to left, their goal will be to start imagining the best and creating their own fantasies.