23 March 2009

To the class of 2010...

I don't remember volunteering, but somehow I have been invited to serve on the University's advisory committee that will help select the commencement speaker for graduation in 2010. We have a meeting next week, when we will discuss criteria for selecting a speaker, and throw around some names. So ... anybody have any advice or suggestions? Bear in mind that this person will be addressing ALL the graduates: undergrad, law, medicine, divinity, business, environment, engineering, et cetera. If you have any tips for me, feel free to let me know in the comments, or by email if you have it.

3 comments:

Steve Thorngate said...

I hear the president's a non-controversial choice.

Joanne said...

I suggest Dean Kamen, who addresses many college and HS graduating classes about the importance of "doing good" in addition to doing well upon entering the "real" world. In addition to inventing the segway, he has worked on a process that will provide potable water in 3rd world countries with little cost.

Second choice would be Jim Wallis.

Matt said...

Colbert. He told the Princeton graduates last year that as a middle-aged, white, Christian male, the world has been pretty good to him...so don't go changing things. Though this year they picked Petraeus for Baccalaureate...