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Mindy Kaling’s Harvard Law School Class Day Speech

30 May

As we edge into the summer season and plan what to catch up on (I just started season 2 of Game of Thrones so that plan is in full swing), there is still plenty of TV related action from other sources such as the many Emmy roundtables to commencement speeches at colleges across the country. One such speech comes from Mindy Kaling at the Harvard Law School Class Day ceremony.

Mindy Kaling HarvardDuring this speech Kaling jokes about why she is there as well as referring to previous graduate Elle Woods (of Legally Blonde) and squeezing in many pop culture references like Candy Crush, the Real Housewives and Wolf of Wall Street. Kaling alternates between heartfelt platitudes about her parents’ relationship with the U.S. – “Their romance with this country is more romantic than any romantic comedy that I could ever write” – and the responsibility these graduates have when it comes to the language of law. Leading on to the fear we all have when clicking the iTunes terms and conditions ‘accept’ box as “iTunes may own my ovaries for all I know.” It’s both funny and sweet; it’s exactly the kind of speech you would expect from Kaling and she mentions how silly it is to get advice from an actor when they should be the ones offering it (even if at least of couple of them are probably evil).

Watch the speech below and hey it’s a bonus Amy Poehler Harvard Class Day speech from 2011 if you fancy another funny/touching speech for afters (I might have a print out of this speech sitting in one of my desk trays).

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