to the School of Management Class of 2007 for honoring me with the Beckwith Prize for Teaching Excellence and Service to the Undergraduate Program. A prize for either teaching excellence or service would be wonderful; this is a double treat. I was not at the SMG graduation to accept it because I was attending my son Josh’s English Department graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. This is what I asked to be read in my absence:
Woody Allen said “90% of life is just showing up” but he didn’t explain how to show up in two places at the same time. I’m honored and touched that the Class of 2007 has selected me to receive the Beckwith Award. I regret that I cannot be here to celebrate your graduation—only my own family celebration could keep me away. You have become an important part of our lives and your departure is bittersweet. I wish you continued success—and please, stay in touch.