Harvard vs. the School Of Hard Knocks

Two graduations the same day are poles apart in privilege but on a par in spirit

It happened by accident last year that Pine Street Inn, a Boston homeless shelter and job-training center, held its graduation on the same day as Harvard's. But this year director Erik Payne Butler scheduled his ceremony last Thursday on purpose--a reminder, he says, that his graduates should be as celebrated as those folks across the Charles River. And there was an added juxtaposition this year: at Pine Street the keynote speaker was former Labor Secretary Robert Reich; Harvard welcomed Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan to speak to alums and graduates. The two men have very different views of the economy....

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