Oprah Winfrey speaks to graduates at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. “The number one lesson I can offer you where your work is concerned,” said the media titan, “is this: Become so skilled, so vigilant, so flat-out fantastic at what you do, that your talent cannot be dismissed.”
Winfrey, whose past speeches have drawn speculation that she might be planning a run for president — a rumor she has squashed — got plenty of attention for her calls for graduates to vote in her speech at USC on May 11. But after offering a litany of practical wisdom (“Eat a good breakfast,” she said. “Pay your bills on time. Recycle.”) she also added some clear advice for graduates’ time in the workplace.