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Robert A. Ferguson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300230833

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300230833.001.0001

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Coda: Being in Prison

Coda: Being in Prison

(p.230) Coda: Being in Prison

Robert A. Ferguson

Yale University Press

This concluding chapter looks at a speech conducted at the January graduation ceremony of prisoners who would receive their college degrees at the Fishkill Correctional Institution, in conjunction with programs run by Nyack College in upstate New York. It explains how graduation oratory is all about telling people to apply what they have learned in the world. The graduation speech consists of six key takeaways: the more you know, the more you realize you do not know; recognizing what you do not know is a social tool; education is self- knowledge; education is also about learning to write well; education is self- improvement; and finally, education is a place of its own.

Keywords:   prisoners, graduation oratory, college degrees, education, self-knowledge, self-improvement, learning

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