And so ends another school year. I keep seeing across all the social media sites that the folks back home are getting out, graduating. The news channels are also showing clips of politicians and celebrities giving commencement speeches to graduating classes. Some are pretty funny even.
But it gets me thinking about commencement and valedictorian addresses in general. Those of us in the education world get to hear these speeches at least once a year. If you throw in the graduation ceremonies of friends and family and you can easily rack up some 5 – 10 end of the year speeches on life, joy, and the future. If you’re like me you probably can’t really remember any particular graduation address. My own high school graduation involved a preacher speaking in clichés and a valedictorian that was incredibly too nervous to give a speech. Now, granted, I was preoccupied with the anticipation of partying that night, but now that I’m looking back, I feel...