Commencement season commences. This is a particularly meaningful one for us at the BloggEd joint because Lizy will be commencing to depart from Vassar just eight days from today. The speaker at her commencement will be none other than Lisa “Phoebe” Kudrow, the pride of the class of ’85. I have faith that she will go light on the ditziness.
At my school, the U. of Delaware, the speaker will be Catherine Bertini, a leader in the fight against world hunger. Swarthmore, Gigi’s employer, doesn’t normally have a speaker; honorary degrees will be awarded this year to biologist Bonnie Bassler; educator and labor leader John Braxton ’70; Morehouse College president Robert Michael Franklin; and actor and author Stephen Lang ’73 (better known as the badass grunt in “Avatar.” Knowing Swarthmore kids, at least a couple of them will have messages written in Na’vi on the top of their mortar boards.)
As for Maria’s college, Yale… well, let’s see what their website has to say:
By tradition, Yale does not have a Commencement speaker, although an exception is made when a sitting president is awarded an honorary degree, as was the case in 2001. Class Day, which takes place the Sunday before Commencement, features a notable speaker chosen with suggestions from the senior class. This year’s Class Day speaker is former President Bill Clinton.
Glad that’s cleared up.
Clearly, not every college can secure its dream speaker. But what if it could? The latest edition of the Vanity Fair/60 Minutes poll has a question about the ideal commencement speaker. Vote below, and see if your choice jibes with that of the country at large. (And no, you may not write in Tiger Woods.) I’ll give America’s choices in the first Comment–no peeking.