Monday, June 11, 2012

"You're Not Special" Graduation Commencement Speech

With lots graduations happening right now I think many caught wind of this great commencement speech.

Wellesley High English Teacher David McCullough advises high school graduates to earn their fulfilling lives. Video courtesy of Wellesley Media

This brought a smile to my face and I hope when my children reach this accolade their commencement speech will be equally as inspirational. What do you guys think?


1 comment:

  1. Well, I sincerely wish that our uni graduation speaker had delivered soemthing a little more like this and a lot less like simpering optimism. Or clinical insanity, whichever way you'd like to look at it. To hear him tell it, everything was sunshine and butterflies, there were plenty of graduate jobs, we had wonderful lives ahead of us because we were the best thing since sliced bread.

    Really quite patronising.

    I have never been the greatest thing since sliced bread and never will be. I won't cure cancer, I won't fix the hole in the ozone layer. I'll never walk on the moon or on Mars, I'll never be a household name. And you know something? I'm ok with that. I do good work and it's appreciated by the people I do it for. I might not be "special" in the sense of having special gifts, but I'm worthwhile.

    Besides, what is special? Who gets to decide? Special can be the lady who shared her umbrella with a complete stranger. Special doesn't have to be something big and impressive. It just has to mean something to you and to others.