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May 6, 2013

CUMMINS: Life begins at commencement


These graduating seniors learned this stuff — left from right, sitting and shutting up in kindergarten. Ph. D’s never learn some of the important things about life either, and most politicians can’t get past the basics in nursery school — sharing milk and cookies. 

I gave a commencement address once. Knowing the graduates wanted it to be over before it was over, what did I say? I said two words, “Go party.” They stood, cheered and sailed their caps. One girl ripped her gown off. No, I didn’t, I said, “Other people.” Family, friends and the global community make the difference in all our lives, and you can make a difference, too.

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