Posts Tagged ‘Commencement Speech’
On Thursday, The Blaze brought you the story of one High School teacher’s brutally honest commencement speech where he told a group of high school seniors that they were neither “special” nor “exceptional.”
“The sweetest joys in life, then, come only with the recognition that you’re not special. Because everyone is,” Wellesley High School teacher David McCullough, Jr. told students. “Congratulations, good luck. Make for yourselves, please, for your sake and for ours, extraordinary lives.”
He went on, “You are not special. You are not exceptional. Contrary to what your u9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mister Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal caped crusader has swooped in to save you… you’re nothing special.”
The speech angered some parents, who preferred a more uplifting and motivational speech to cap off their children’s high school experience. However, after the story made headlines, others came out in support of the teacher’s willingness to tell it like it is. You can read the full address here.
Whether you think the speech was epic or offensive, the full video of McCullough’s address is now available for your viewing pleasure. Decide for yourself whether you think his comments were fitting for the occasion