6.21.2006

I knew it!

A week ago, I was down in Palo Alto with my mom, and we drove by the campus of my alma mater, Stanford. I noticed there were preparations for the commencement ceremonies going on, and I joked to my mom that all I knew about this year's commencement was that the speaker would be someone way better than they had back in my day (though I actually had no idea who the scheduled speaker was). I knew this with confidence, because in my day, our commencement speaker was someone whose name and place in history I barely remember. The only part that sticks out in my mind was that he was against affirmative action. How inspirational! In the many years since then, the speakers have included Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Apple/Pixar CEO Steve Jobs, Nightline host Ted Koppel, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan—hell, even HP CEO Carly Fiorina was more inspiring than some law professor who's against affirmative action.

Mom and I shared a wry laugh, and we went on about our business.

Then today, I got this newsletter from Stanford.

"Former NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw delivered the 115th Commencement address Sunday to more than 1,700 graduating seniors. Before an estimated audience of 20,000 family members and friends, he encouraged graduates to be mindful of their duty to contribute to society and to avoid turning exclusively to the Internet and their handheld gadgets to engage with the world."

Now, as longer-term readers may remember, Tom sure knows how to make a good commencement speech, at least in my book. All I can say is, I predicted it!

2 comments:

Kevin said...

I remember Maddy Albright gave my undergrad speech. That was pretty awesome. Then in grad school I had Ms. Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad). A slight dropoff I'd say. To add insult to injury they year before that it was Bill Clinton himself. The committee felt that the school had too many old white guys for awhile...

Jennifer said...

I don't understand how they can be so inconsistent! Must be all about timing...