OCP Disorder

RNS picked up the NYT bit on more commencement speakers getting the boot, post-invite. And some skeptics thought the Catholic Church had no influence after the 3rd-most pro-abortion president took the stage at ND. While “good” Catholics got arrested.

I think commencement speakers could organize into a union. And maybe stage a strike in 2015. Tell those valedictorians and college presidents to prepare slightly longer speeches. Or better yet, just ship the diplomas by post. Who will OccupyCommencementPodium?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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5 Responses to OCP Disorder

  1. David D. says:

    I believe I mentioned here before in response to another post about commencement speaker dust-ups that Jerry of Ben and Jerry’s spoke at my undergrad graduation. Though my father found him objectionable, I’ve always remembered him as being pleasant and perfectly uncontroversial. Or so I thought until poking around the internet only to find that there was some sort of opposition to his selection. I wonder what that was all about.

    Family considerations aside, if I could have a do-over I would skip commencement all together. At best, graduations are tiresome, self-congratulatory affairs. As I later found after bailing on a different commencement, the school will still start trolling for donations within a month of graduating whether you picked up your diploma or not.

  2. Liam says:

    Well, I loved my collegiate Final Exercises, despite adverse conditions and a terrible featured commencement speaker. The setting was the Lawn of the University of Virginia, and the tradition of walking down the multi-tiered Lawn from the Rotunda between the attending guests is beloved for good reason. The adverse conditions were a 2-hour long tropical downpour that began as the procession began. We were so soaked that the dye from our rental gowns bled through to our undergarments. There was 2″ of rain that had drained into the lowest tier of the Lawn, where graduating students sat. The real entertainment was watching fellow students physically obstruct photographers and videographers from news organizations from getting close to our class mate, Ralph Samson, even to the point of gently throwing empty champagne bottles towards them…. This was Ralph’s last day as “one of us” and students mobilized spontaneously to maintain espirit d’corps, as it were. Governors of Virginia are limited to 1 4-year term, and they each get one crack at being the featured commencement speaker at UVa: my graduation year, it was Governor Robb, a not thrilling speaker. (VP Bush was the speaker the year before, when one of his sons was a graduate. And the weather was better.) One lovely tradition at UVa (which has soooooo many, fiercely guarded – How many Virginians does it take to change a light bulb? Five. One to change the bulb and four to offer loving remembrances about how wonderful the old bulb was.) is that honorary degrees are never awarded; Mr Jefferson didn’t believe in them to begin with, and for the first few years, the University only offered certificates of completion of work. I’d just as soon pass on having convention speakers.

  3. Todd, how could you even think of piling on poor ol’ little OCP?…..Oh, nevermind.
    This will be my living legacy, the only correction of KLiamS that I will ever be privileged to offer:
    I believe the correct spelling of your classmate (and living legend, Twin Tower) is Sampson, and what a joy it must have been to see him play for years! I love hoops, Liam, ‘specially March Madness.

  4. Jim McCrea says:

    My commencements were so long ago that I don’t have a clue as to who the guest speakers were.

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