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Law grad in hot water over ‘borrowed’ commencement speech

Preston Mitchum had them laughing at his graduation ceremony at North Carolina Central University last week.

The law school grad was extolling the virtues of the “average” student, for whom procrastination was “not just a big word, but a way of life.”

The problem is that quite a few in the audience recognized the speech. It had been getting laughs on YouTube since last year, when a student delivered it at New York’s Binghamton University

Mitchum acknowledged he did some wholesale borrowing from the Binghamton speech for his address. Now, his law school dean is “disgusted,” and NCCU is reviewing possible discipline, reports The News & Observer.

Mitchum said he intended to credit the author of the speech, but forgot to do so.

By Peter Vieth

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