Commencement Speech


First of all, welcome—parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, and every member of every kind of extended family. So, here you are at last, class of 2010, about to graduate. But from what? First of all, of course, from a lifetime of being students. This is a major identity shift, with intimations, perhaps, of an identity crisis. From now on, even if graduate school intervenes for a few years, you’re in charge of your education—that intricate process by which the mind, the heart and the soul are trained to examine themselves thoroughly and encounter the world honorably.


Eugene Lang College (2010)