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Marsalis Sends Off Graduates with Words and Music

Watch Marsalis's rain-shortened speech, listen to audio of full speech

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June 24, 2009 | by Matt Paolelli

Wynton Marsalis delivered a shortened version of his commencement speech and performed a traditional New Orleans tune with Professor Victor Goines, director of jazz studies.
Video by Matt Paolelli

Listen to Wynton Marsalis's full commencement address as he intended to give on June 19, 2009

Audio courtesy of Wynton Marsalis

Click here to read Wynton Marsalis's full commencement address.

The impending thunderstorm shortened his remarks, but Wynton Marsalis still delivered a powerful message to graduates at Northwestern's 151st Commencement ceremony.

At the conclusion of the speech, Professor Victor Goines, director of jazz studies, joined Marsalis at the podium for a rousing rendition of "The Second Line," a traditional New Orleans tune that is usually played at the end of a concert. Poncho-wearing graduates, professors and trustees rose to their feet and clapped along.

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