Big Day: Katie Couric Delivers Case Western Reserve Commencement Address

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Katie Couric, the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and correspondent for 60 Minutes, delivered the keynote Commencement address to approximately 1,750 graduates in Case Western Reserve University's Class of 2010.

Commencement ceremonies began at 9:30 a.m. in the Veale Convocation Center on the CWRU campus.

During the speech, Couric spoke of a troublesome job market and told graduates to "have a firm handshake, good eye contact, try to avoid saying like and ya' know all the time."

Couric reminded students that if they don't find a job right away, it will be okay. "You can learn a lot from disappointment and heartache but it's how you deal with those disappointments and heartache that ultimately defines who you are" said Couric.

Throughout her career, which has included stints at ABC News, NBC News and now CBS, she has reported on many of the breaking news events over the past 15 years, including the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Iraq war, the Columbine High School shooting and the Oklahoma City bombing. She has interviewed an extraordinarily diverse collection of newsmakers, from presidents and prime ministers to captains of industry and cultural icons.

After losing her husband, Jay Monahan, to colon cancer in 1998, Couric embraced the fight against the country's number two-cancer killer. In March 2000, Couric launched the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, in association with the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Lilly Tartikoff, to fund new medical research in colorectal cancer and to conduct educational programs encouraging the prevention and early detection of the disease through proper screening.

"Katie Couric's efforts to raise awareness of the importance of colon cancer screenings has saved literally thousands of lives," President Barbara R. Snyder. "More, she has worked tirelessly to support researchers seeking a cure for the disease, including our own Professor Sanford Markowitz. We are delighted that she will be part of our Commencement ceremonies this year."

The acclaimed journalist also will receive an honorary Doctor of Science and join other honorary degree recipients: M. Cherif Bassiouni (Doctor of Law), a humanitarian and scholar who is often referred to as the father of modern international criminal law, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Doctor of Humane Letters), the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra employs a unique management model based on shared leadership and workplace democracy.

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