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'My fellow graduates'
Excerpts from '08 student commencement addresses at UC Berkeley

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BERKELEY — At graduation ceremonies in May, some of UC Berkeley's most outstanding new graduates shared wit and wisdom, with messages reflecting the ups and downs of their personal lives and academic careers. The most common themes: Learn from your mistakes, embrace change, and anything is possible.

Here is an audio sampling of speeches from the class of 2008. The speakers, in order, are:

Benjamin Bracamonte, Art Practice
Maria Affinito, Social Welfare
Donte Blue, African American Studies
Katie Lindgren, Business Administration
Adeel Iqbal, International and Area Studies
Marsha Rose, American Studies