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Mindy Kaling's Harvard Law Class Day speech is hilarious -- VIDEO

Little known fact: If a speaker name-checks “the documentary” about Elle Woods while talking to Harvard Law School’s graduating class, you know her remarks are going to be good.

That’s exactly the kind of pop-culture-tinged humor that Mindy Kaling — a woman reminded in the opening moments of her speech that, despite playing an OBGYN on television and getting an honorary degree from Harvard Law, she isn’t actually a doctor of any kind —  used in her speech at Harvard Law’s Class Day ceremony this past week.

“I know what you’re probably thinking: Mindy Kaling? Why did they ask her?” Kaling remarked. “She’s just a pretty Hollywood starlet. What does that quadruple threat know about the law? Sure, she seems really down-to-earth, and pretty but in a totally accessible way, and yeah, she was on People magazine’s Most Beautiful list this year and also in 2008, but what intelligent remarks could she possibly make about the law? She’s probably too busy doing shampoo commercials! But I’m not too busy. In fact, I would kill to do a shampoo commercial. So if anyone from L’Oreal is out there, please Snapchat me after this.” READ FULL STORY

Oprah Winfrey earns honorary degree, gives commencement speech at Harvard -- VIDEO

Oprah Winfrey, one of the richest women in America, put on a cap and gown earlier today to receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Harvard University and then gave the commencement speech.

Oprah took the crowd through her journey from rural Mississippi to Cambridge and the many places (and faces) in between. The TV mogul declared that her speech was for those who “felt screwed by life.” From there, she discussed her teenage years, how last year was the worst of her professional life, and how this commencement speech helped her decide to turn things around (Spoiler: She sings!). “There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction,” she told the graduates. She then shared with them the one question everyone from President Obama to Beyoncé has asked her at the end of her more than 35,000 interviews: “Was that okay?”

Watch Oprah’s commencement speech below: READ FULL STORY

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