Receiving a college degree is a big deal. For some, it’s not only a personal but a family milestone as well. Yesterday I was honored to give the Commencement speech at Paul Smith’s College. I was incredibly moved. So many of the graduates are the first in their families to have this opportunity and seeing them succeed at earning a degree is about as good as it gets. My heartfelt congratulations to all–and that “all” includes those graduating this month from colleges across the region.
Dale posted a very nice picture of me delivering the speech for our Photo of the Day:
Nancie Battaglia also took this, hmm, more candid shot, as I stood behind President John Mills, with Professor Curt Stager behind me:
Y’all will be pleased to know I kept my remarks to under 10 minutes, which may be why a few people have asked for a transcript. You can read it (though I ad libbed a good deal in the delivery) here.