As I have said before, I am a sucker for a good graduation speech. Today, Stephen Colbert urges graduates at the University of Virginia to forge their own path, ignoring the self- absorbed path their parents carved for them.
Funny and poignant at once.
Along the way he salutes the people who paid out of state tuition, the school’s party ranking in Playboy, what Edgar Allan Poe must have been like to have as a roommate, and getting rejected from UVa.
He also submitted the speech as his application essay. And still didn’t get in.
“There is no secret society out there, that will tap you on the shoulder one night and show you the way. Because the true secret is, your life will not be defined by the society that we have left you. To paraphrase Robert Bolt, society has no more idea of what you are than you do, because ultimately it ha only your brains to think with. Every generation must define itself…”
You can get right to the meat of the speech here: