Bill Watterson : Commencement Speech @ Kenyon College, 1990

Another one of my favorite Commencement Speeches ….

Bill Watterson
Kenyon College Commencement
May 20, 1990

I have a recurring dream about Kenyon. In it, I’m walking to the post office on the way to my first class at the start of the school year. Suddenly it occurs to me that I don’t have my schedule memorized, and I’m not sure which classes I’m taking, or where exactly I’m supposed to be going.
As I walk up the steps to the postoffice, I realize I don’t have my box key, and in fact, I can’t remember what my box number is. I’m certain that everyone I know has written me a letter, but I can’t get them. I get more flustered and annoyed by the minute. I head back to Middle Path, racking my brains and asking myself, “How many more years until I graduate? …Wait, didn’t I graduate already?? How old AM I?” Then I wake up.

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David Foster Wallace : It’s Water….It’s Water

This is one of my favorite Commencement speeches, delivered by a fantastic writer :

Transcription of the 2005 Kenyon Commencement Address by David Foster Wallace – May 21, 2005

(If anybody feels like perspiring [cough], I’d advise you to go ahead, because I’m sure going to. In fact I’m gonna [mumbles while pulling up his gown and taking out a handkerchief from his pocket].) Greetings [“parents”?] and congratulations to Kenyon’s graduating class of 2005. There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”

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Alan Watts: Creating who you are…

Another very good talk from Alan Watts….

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Alan Watts: What Do You Desire

This is the talk from which ‘What if money didn’t matter’ comes from. A good talk as well.

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Steve Jobs: Rules of Success

Here is another masterpiece from Steve Jobs, explaining two rules of success:

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