When I was asked to make the commencement speech, I immediately said yes. Then I went tolook up what commencement meant. Which would have been easy if I had a dictionary, butmost of the books in our house are Portia's, and they're all written in Australian. So I had tobreak the word down myself, to find out the meaning.
Commencement: common, and cement. Common cement. You commonly see cement onsidewalks. Sidewalks have cracks, and if you step on a crack, you break your mother's back.So there's that. But I'm honored that you've asked me here to speak at your common cement.
I thought that you had to be a famous alumnus-alumini-aluminum-alumis-you had to graduatefrom this school. And I didn't go to college here, and I don't know if President Cowen know, Ididn't go to college at all. Any collge. And I'm not saying you wasted your time, or money, butlook at me, I'm a huge celebrity.