In May 2013, author George Saunders delivered the commencement speech on the topic of kindness to the graduating class of Syracuse University. A few months after addressing the students, it was picked up by the New York Times and it quickly went viral. You can read a complete transcript: George Saunders’ Advice to Graduates.

More recently, the speech has been released in a 64-page book version: Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness. In coordination with the book’s release, the publisher also issued a brief but touching animated version of the speech, below.

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