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Whoopi Goldberg Visits Savannah
Whoopi Goldberg made a visit to Savannah Saturday, June 4, to speak at the 2011 Savannah College of Art and Design graduation ceremony. Goldberg was the commencement speaker for the ceremony, held Saturday morning at the Civic Center. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities by SCAD president Paula Wallace.
Goldberg’s speech was short and sweet; she said that she always finds it difficult to go on too long when she speaks from the heart. She talked about the importance of the arts and expressing one’s self, and the value in being yourself, even—perhaps especially—if you are “weird.” Goldberg told the graduates about the value of being in a community of artists, of the luxury of being able to take time to just steep in the arts and learning about the arts, a luxury she was never afforded, as she was not the school type.
Goldberg was visibly moved when Wallace presented the honorary diploma, coming back to the microphone to say simply that her mother, whom she lost this past August, would have loved the moment.
Whoopi Goldberg is a comedian, actress, singer-songwriter, political activist, and talk show host. She is one of only ten people to be awarded an Oscar (1990, Best Supporting Actress for Ghost), Grammy (1985, Best Comedy Recording for Whoopi Goldberg: Original Broadway Show Recording), Tony (2002, Best Musical for Thoroughly Modern Millie), and Emmy (2002, Outstanding Special for Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel; 2009, Outstanding Talk Show Host for The View).