Abramson began by noting that the graduates' accomplishments had "attracted so much media attention," a line delivered to laughs. "As well they should," she said.
Abramson discussed the firing, calling the opportunity to lead the newsroom the honor of a lifetime, but adding that she was in the same spot as the graduates, unsure of her next move. "I'm in exactly the same boat as many of you," she said. "Like you I am a little scared, but excited." Abramson also praised "the sting of losing": "when that happens," she advised, "show what you are made of."
But in response to one student's question as to whether she would get her Times "T" tattoo removed, Abramson said, "Not a chance."