Welcome President Liebergott, the Board of Trustees, honorary degree recipients, faculty, staff, family, friends and the Class of the 2007.
It's funny. I tried for days to write this speech. Contrary to popular belief, I don't like to hear myself talk. And what could I say that people would want to listen to? I wanted to be five minutes to remember, not that annoying girl at graduation sandwiched somewhere between other annoying people. I even Googled speech writing. Nothing worked, and I honestly gave up. Until two days ago. Two days ago, I found inspiration.
[...] I thought about the past four years, on the field, off the field, in the classroom, in my dorm rooms. The people I met, the people I lost. The firsts and finals, the break-ups and breakdowns, and before I had finished with my thinking, the game was over. I watched the sun set, and yeah, not to be too poetic, the sky was on fire. It was very apocalyptical. And I remembered on the way there, on a charter bus somewhere on 95, somewhere in Providence, I had watched a tree shake in the wind, pink and purple blossoms blowing across the image of the State House up above the highway. [...]
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