It’s May. Soon colleges and universities around the nation will host commencement ceremonies. It’s a wonderful time of year for celebration and accomplishment.
These institutions of higher learning will also host high-profile graduation speakers. Each of these speakers will hope to offer words of inspiration and encouragement. With so many slots to fill, schools will come up with some prestigious public figures to fill these speaker slots. Some of these choices will be, um, rather unique.
Let’s first talk about more traditional choices. Speaking at Tuskegee University last spring, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke of the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and their historic efforts during World War II. Mrs. Obama highlighted their efforts as an example of how to overcome challenges that still exist to this day.
Sometimes encouragement and inspiration comes from a different sort of message. Sixteen years ago, Harvard grad Conan O’Brien spoke at his alma mater and told the newly minted Ivy League grads that it was okay to “fall down. Make a mess. Break something occasionally.” His message was not an endorsement of clumsiness. He wanted to convey the thought that it’s okay to fail. Lessons from failure lead to tasks of success.
Writer George Saunders delivered a moving message on the importance of kindness during his speech at Syracuse University in 2013.
Stephen Colbert was wildly praised for his speech at Northwestern University in 2011. He spoke of life’s journey as being comparable to improvisational comedy, telling grads that they had no idea what was going to happen next and that it is valuable to work with other people toward a common goal. It was a take on the theme that the journey is more important than the destination.
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