100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
As Duke investigates possibly plagiarized grad speech, the speaker issues a statement
Duke University says it is “concerned” and will investigate a student’s graduation speech from Sunday, which closely mirrors a commencement…
Judge begins reviewing final disputed batch of Eastman emails
John Eastman, the architect of then-President Donald Trump’s last-ditch strategy to overturn the 2020 election, has claimed attorney-client privilege over…
Enforcing unprecedented subpoenas for GOP lawmakers turns on complex legal precedent going back centuries
An attempt to force five Republican lawmakers into providing information to the House panel probing the Jan. 6 attack on…
Is Gen Z Coddled, or Caring?
Plus: What’s bad for Russian looters might be bad for everyone.
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
A missing Queen, a removed throne and an almost-king Charles gazing on the crown
The State Opening of Parliament was familiar but different, with the Queen absent for the first time in nearly 60…
These are the 27 bills in the Queen's Speech that apply to Scotland
THE majority of bills announced in Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech apply to Scotland – with issues ranging from “Brexit Freedoms” to…
Get all your news in one place
Latest National news:
In Great News For Hot Girl Winter, The NSW Govt Could Make The Flu Vaccine Free For Everyone
So now you have no excuse not to get one.
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
'You're gonna take the rap': Alleged killer claims he was pressured to confess
The 17-year-old gave evidence in the ACT Supreme Court on Wednesday, saying he initially thought he had "killed someone".
Councillor calls bypass offer rejection 'a gamble'
The comments came as a surprise to some after she did not raise the concern in the chamber.
Jim Chalmers indicates ‘substantial progress’ on returning Murugappan family to Biloela
Interim home affairs minister to discuss arrangements with PM to grant family visa and permit their return to Queensland town
Edrick Lee on why he is joining the Dolphins
The 29-year-old winger will depart Newcastle at season's end.
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
‘Itchy, yucky, unpleasant’: wet weather brings leech invasion to NSW suburbs
Residents tell of close encounters with the blood-sucking creatures which are spreading because of high rain and humidity
'Dangerous' construction industry continues to put workers at risk: WorkSafe
WorkSafe ACT has issued 2132 notices over 1363 workplace visits since 2020.

Duke speaker now accused of plagiarism was picked after submitting an outline and draft

By Josh Shaffer

The Duke University student under investigation for plagiarizing her commencement speech had applied to make the address and was chosen from a field of graduates.

Priya Parkash gave the speech at Duke’s Sunday ceremony. Soon after, fellow students on Twitter pointed out near-identical phrases in Sarah Abushaar’s 2014 commencement address at Harvard University.

Following the first story in The Duke Chronicle and responding to questions from The News & Observer, Parkash issued a statement through a Los Angeles public relations firm Tuesday night, in which she described the “honor” of having been asked to give the address.

She also described taking suggested topics from family and friends, some of which she discovered too late had come from another speech. She said she took “full responsibility” for the oversight.

Speech application process

Duke allowed all eligible 2022 graduates to apply to give its commencement address available. The school then chose its speaker from a pool of applicants. The notice for the application highlighted changes that made applying “easier than ever” this year.

Applicants were required to first submit a 250-word outline. A selection committee then chose finalists based on those shortened versions.

All finalists were then asked to submit drafts to the selection committee, but the level of vetting is not described in the application notice.

Duke officials declined to comment Wednesday to numerous questions from The N&O, including how many students applied to give the speech, what criteria was used to select the speaker, how or whether speeches were examined, whether this process will continue for future commencements and what, if any, disciplinary action Parkash might face if the investigation finds plagiarism.

Meanwhile, Abushaar gave a statement to The Harvard Crimson:

“The goal of my address was to inspire young people, and especially young women, from all backgrounds to break barriers in striving for their aims and to have the courage to use their voices to share their stories and serve as forces of good.

“I hope that this incident was a serious error in judgment and that the student can take this opportunity to learn and grow from it.”

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
As Duke investigates possibly plagiarized grad speech, the speaker issues a statement
Duke University says it is “concerned” and will investigate a student’s graduation speech from Sunday, which closely mirrors a commencement…
Judge begins reviewing final disputed batch of Eastman emails
John Eastman, the architect of then-President Donald Trump’s last-ditch strategy to overturn the 2020 election, has claimed attorney-client privilege over…
Enforcing unprecedented subpoenas for GOP lawmakers turns on complex legal precedent going back centuries
An attempt to force five Republican lawmakers into providing information to the House panel probing the Jan. 6 attack on…
Is Gen Z Coddled, or Caring?
Plus: What’s bad for Russian looters might be bad for everyone.
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
A missing Queen, a removed throne and an almost-king Charles gazing on the crown
The State Opening of Parliament was familiar but different, with the Queen absent for the first time in nearly 60…
These are the 27 bills in the Queen's Speech that apply to Scotland
THE majority of bills announced in Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech apply to Scotland – with issues ranging from “Brexit Freedoms” to…
Get all your news in one place