[00:08.07]members of the faculty, proud parents, and, above all, graduates.
[00:14.58]The first thing I would like to say is 'thank you'.
[00:18.28]Not only has Harvard given me an extraordinary honour,
[00:22.18]but the weeks of fear and nausea I have endured at the thought of giving this commencement address have made me lose weight.
[00:38.48]A win-win situation! Now all I have to do is take deep breaths,
[00:44.26]squint at the red banners and convince myself that I am at the world's largest Gryffindor' reunion.
[00:51.20]Delivering a commencement address is a great responsibility;
[00:55.12]or so I thought until I cast my mind back to my own graduation.
[01:01.28]The commencement speaker that day was the distinguished British philosopher Baroness Mary Warnock.
[01:08.15]Reflecting on her speech has helped me enormously in writing this one,
[01:13.12]because it turns out that I can't remember a single word she said.
[01:23.38]This liberating discovery enables me to proceed without any fear,
[01:30.42]that I might inadvertently influence you to abandon promising careers in business,
[01:37.31]the law or politics for the giddy delights of becoming a gay wizard.