Poet speaks to record-breaking class of Salt Lake Community College graduates

By Lindsay Whitehurst

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: May 9, 2014 08:03AM
Updated: May 9, 2014 08:02AM
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Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune 4,218 students graduated at Salt Lake Community College's Commencement at the Maverik Center in West Valley City Thursday May 8, 2014.

Stepping out from behind the podium, two-time National Poetry Slam winner Sekou Andrews gave a rollicking speech to the largest-ever class of Salt Lake Community College graduates Thursday.

Using superheroes as a metaphor, Andrews acknowledged the difficulties many of the 4,218 graduates overcame to finish their degrees and encouraged them to take a “soul selfie” when they get discouraged.

“You each have, hands down, the best superpower anyone can have — the ability to use your mind to achieve seemingly impossible feats,” he said. “Y’all make it look easy to finish that which is hardest, and this world is waiting on your movement, so let’s get this party started.”

Lindsay Whitehurst

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