Today, I’m posting the text of the commencement speech I gave yesterday at the December graduation of the UNC School of Information and Library Science. Lots of folks have asked me for it, so I thought I’d put it here. Enjoy – and see you in 2015.
From Manning Hall to the Ice Planet of Hoth: Lessons for SILS Grads from The Empire Strikes Back
There are many books that graduates often receive as gifts – Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, The Tao of Pooh. They all have some sort of deep and meaningful message for grads as you start out on the next stage of your life and career. But there’s another story that I think resonates just as much for you today. One that is also full of deep and meaningful messages as you start out on your careers. And it’s not a book. If I could, I would give you each a copy of The Empire Strikes Back.
Why this movie? I think it’s a treasure trove of wisdom – right up there with Dr. Seuss and Winnie the Pooh. And it’s got AT-AT Walkers and the Millennium Falcon and a Wampa, so it’s even better. Continue reading “Lessons to Library School Grads – Don’t Be Vader.”