Our local paper has been filled with news about the local high school and college graduations going on in our area. With every article, there is always a brief sound bite from either the valedictorian's or main speaker's address. Some of these excerpts can seem pretty much alike or even trite. “Don't be afraid of life!" one proclaims. “You've only just begun!" another one urges, stealing from the Carpenters' song. Unfortunately, most of these challenging utterances are soon forgotten and their exhortational rush fades fast.
However, some graduation addresses remain memorable for a variety of reasons. One graduation speech from last year caused a national stir. It wasn't from Princeton or Yale. It was from a formerly relatively unknown high school in Massachusetts. I wrote about this here on Admit This! and said: