Show and tell: Abramson gives Wake Forest grads an example amid advice

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The more genteel way to put it is "the best revenge is a life well-lived," but given who we're talking about -- deposed editor Jill Abramson of The Times -- "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk's interpretation is more apropos: "That's the best revenge of all: happiness. Nothing drives people crazier than seeing someone have a good f---ing life."

Each passing day, not to mention each added defense of Abramson's tenure atop The Times, seemingly sends the message.

The sun shone brightly Monday morning in Winston-Salem, N.C., as Abramson took the stage in Hearn Plaza to deliver Wake Forest University's commencement address, her first public comments since she was abruptly fired last week.

Introduced by journalist and Wake Forest alum Al Hunt, who described her as “smart, supportive, relentless'' -- Abramson went about delivering a message that could stand not only for the assembled students but also all who have faced obstacles in life or will in the future -- which is to say every last one of us.

"I’m talking to anyone who’s been dumped, not gotten the job you really wanted or received those horrible rejections from grad school. You know the sting of losing or not getting something you badly want. When that happens, show what you are made of.”

Later, as she wrapped up, Abramson asked, “What’s next for me? I don’t know. So I’m in exactly the same boat as many of you. And like you I’m a little scared but also excited."

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Abramson To Wake Forest Graduates: 'Show What You Are Made Of'

The sun shone brightly Monday morning in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as recently departed executive editor of the New York Times Jill Abramson took the stage in Hearn Plaza to deliver Wake Forest Unviersity’s commencement address. Abramson confirmed on Thursday of last week that she would deliver the speech, having been fired by the Times the previous day. “I cannot think of a better message for the Class of 2014 than that of resilience,” said University President Nathan Hatch in statement.

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