DAVID MCCULLOUGH WELLESLEY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION SPEECH

And your ceremonial costume… shapeless, uniform, one-size-fits all. I wanted to emphasize for them that though you may have been the valedictorian, though you may have been a touchdown hero, that doesn’t make you a more important person. And read… read all the time… read as a matter of principal, as a matter of self-respect. Second is ice cream… just an FYI. Everyone on the planet. Locally, someone… I forget who… from time to time encourages young scholars to carpe the heck out of the diem.

What message did you want to get across to the kids? Ian McEwan to Grads: Meredith Vieira to Grads: So that makes 6. Gwen Ifill to Grads: Kenneth Cole to Grads:

‘You’re Not Special’ speech lands Wellesley High teacher book deal

The World Needs You. That everyone is special?

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You are not exceptional. Mitt Romney to Grads: Be Stubborn and Optimistic.

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Natalie Portman to Grads: Fitting, for example, for this auspicious rite of passage, is where we find ourselves this afternoon, the venue.

And when I sit and I look at my students xchool my classroom, each one of them is as important to me as any of the others.

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Imagine standing somewhere over there on Washington Street on Marathon Monday and watching sixty- eight hundred yous go running by. Jon Bon Jovi to Grads: I wanted to emphasize for them that though you may have been the valedictorian, though you may have been a touchdown hero, that doesn’t make you a more important person.

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Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again.

If everyone is special, then it kind of nullifies the concept of specialness. As you commence, then, and before you we,lesley to the winds, I urge you to do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance.

McCullough has already started writing. It’s a very strange sensation for someone who’s been shambling mvcullough quite happily in obscurity to suddenly be the media darling of the moment. The poet Mary Oliver tells us to row, row into the swirl and roil.

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Was this intended to be a harsh message? We welcome outside contributions. Stephen Colbert to Grads: Be the Left Shark.

And consider for a moment the bigger picture: But the phrase defies logic. Absolutely, smiles ignite when you walk into a room, and hundreds gasp with delight at your every tweet. McCullough caused an international sensation with his speech June 1, when he told Wellealey High graduates: It will explore the full high school experience.

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Ian McEwan to Grads: Left to men, weddings would be, after limits-testing procrastination, almost inadvertent… during halftime… on the way to the refrigerator. Darren Walker to Grads: So think about this: No stately, hey- everybody-look-at-me procession. Locally, someone… I forget who… from time to time encourages young scholars to carpe the heck out of the diem.

Wellesley High School Commencement Speech – ‘You Are Not Special’.

None of this day seizing, though, this YLOOing, should be interpreted as license for self-indulgence. Like accolades ought to be, the fulfilling life is a mfcullough, a gratifying byproduct. Meredith Vieira to Grads: If children are treated like they’re special, there is an implication, particularly from demanding parents, of expectation.