I happened across his graduating speech recently,and it blew me away.
53 years ago my Dad said: “···we are entering achanging world,
one of automation and employment change where education is an economic necessity.
We will have increased periods of time to do as we wish,
as our work week and retirement age continue to decline and we wish that were true.
We shall take part in, or witness, developments in science, medicine, and industry that we cannot dream of today ...
It is said that the future of any nation can be determined by the care and preparation given toits youth.
If all the youths of America were as fortunate in securing an education as we have been,
then the future of the United States would be even more bright than it is today.”
If my Dad was alive today,
the thing I think he would be most happy about is that Lucy and I have a baby in the hopper.
I think he would have been annoyed that I hadn’t gotten my Ph.D. yet (Thanks, Michigan!).
Dad was so full of insights, of excitement about new things,
that to this day, I often wonder what he would think about some new development.
If he were here today—well, it would be one of the best days of his life.
He'd be like a kid in a candy store.
For a day, he'd be young again.
Many of us are fortunate enough to be here with family.
Some of us have dear friends and family to go home to.
And who knows, perhaps some of you,like Lucy and I, are dreaming of future families of yourown .
Just like me,your families brought you here, and you brought them here.
Please keep them close and remember: they are what really matters in life.
Thanks, Mom; Thanks, Lucy.
And thank you, all, very much.