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Ousted New York Times editor Jill Abramson addresses her firing in Wake Forest commencement speech

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(NBC News) "Show them what you are made of."

That's the message that Jill Abramson, the ousted executive editor of the New York Times, delivered in her commencement day speech at Wake Forest University Monday.

In her first public comments since her very public fallout with the Times last week, Abramson delivered a speech that was peppered with humor and whimsical anecdotes, including a reference to a New York Times "T" tattooed on her back which she says she will not remove.

Abramson, who was the first woman to hold the New York Times highest editorial position, appeared relaxed and in good spirits and did not shy away from commenting on the recent controversy over her firing.

During her speech she encouraged students to stand strong in the face of disappointments and challenges.

"Sure losing a job you love hurts, but the work I revere," she said. "The journalism that holds powerful institutions and people accountable is what makes our democracy so resilient. This is the work that I will remain very much a part of."

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