I practiced my commencement address at Agannis today, to get a sense of the acoustics and feel of the room. Empty of bodies, it’s cavernous. The delivery was fine, if weird without eye contact. I scanned the empty chairs imagining them filled with students. I keep tinkering with the speech, rearranging clauses, adding and subtracting words. A few days ago weighed in at a trim 962 words. New transitions and reinforcements of theme have brought it up to 1,017 words. I wanted very much to keep it under a 1,000. We’ll see. I have 23.5 hours.
The theme? I hate that question. It’s about graduation, what else? Not specific enough? It’s about rejecting black-and-white answers and embracing gray area. What does that mean? You’ll have to hear the speech.