OK. So we did the right thing and drove in to watch @ishottheserif graduate. Woohoo!
The downside is that I had to watch a speech. And not just any speech. Brandeis does speeches by and for the lousy students, not the valedictorians. Go, mediocrity! The thing about this particular speech is that the speaker was simply fantastic. He had more confidence and stage presence than anyone his age I have ever seen. Really tremendous — I was awed.
There was one very wonderful moment: see from 3:59 – 6:05 on this link.
But otherwise, the speech was so incredibly awful. Word salads and awful songs and identity politics. I was embarrassed to be there, embarrassed for the institution and for the students and faculty. All that potential wasted.
All I can say to @ishotheserif: I am so very deeply impressed that you survived an entire college career while putting up with this rank idiocy. Congratulations!