I love Mindy Kaling. I really do. But her commencement address at Harvard Law School was rather … Mindy Kaling-focused … to put it politely. I don’t understand why she was invited to speak (she doesn’t seem to understand why herself), because most of what Mindy Kaling had to say was about Mindy Kaling. I guess it’s always exciting to have a big Hollywood star at your graduation. But I bet Harvard Law is wishing they had gone with someone a little more esteemed, or at least with a little more to say. [NYMag.com]
Graduation is a big deal. Plenty of people like to see it as the total culmination of a young person’s character and dedication. As the greeting cards say, “You Earned It Champ!” Earning a degree isn’t easy and deserves celebration.
The catch, though, is that celebratory public events like commencement are a prime breeding ground for Special Snowflakes and that makes life a whole lot harder for those who are unlucky enough to trespass into the glow of their imaginary limelight. Keep reading »
I have to give some props to recent graduate Robert Jeffrey Blank. Who else is brave enough to attempt a backflip in front of thousands of your peers and closest family members, all in the name of some extra attention? But the ex-Davenport University student didn’t exactly stick his landing — in fact, he fell flat on his face, but who even cares? Something tells me his epic attempt still made everyone in that auditorium pay attention. [KDVR Denver]
The University of Texas at Austin had to make a major apology to its graduates after accidentally producing commencement materials listing its School of Public Affairs as a School of “Pubic” Affairs. Because they felt really bad about it, the school issued an apology via Twitter, noting, “Our deepest apologies to our 2012 graduates for the egregious typo in our program. We are working to distribute corrected programs.” In the meantime, let’s have fun imagining what the School of Pubic Affairs might cover. Sex scandals? STDs? Weird-looking penises? Let’s hope so! [Yahoo]
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Graduation speeches are tough. You have to avoid the usual cliches about how students are floating on the sea of life or opening the doors to their future, and that isn’t easy. My college graduation speaker—some bigwig woman at the World Bank—hit both of those. Not that you could hear over the protesting of my fellow classmates. So I’m feeling a teensy bit jealous that the lucky ducks over at Harvard have such an awesome graduation speaker—the amazing and hilarious Amy Poehler. “We wanted someone people could recognize, who could give a funny and engaging speech,” the school’s class marshal explained. “During her time on ‘SNL,’ Amy was a part of our growing up, and there’s no doubt she’s pretty hilarious.” Not to mention that she’s also a Boston native.
This got me thinking—who would I have liked to see give my commencement address? Some picks after the jump. Keep reading »
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