Class leaders have panned the idea of asking the leader of the free world to speak at their commencement ceremony next June. Although former President Bill Clinton addressed the 2002 graduating class, many students at Stuyvesant said the current President is all wrong for the storied school’s centennial graduation.
“He’s not an eloquent speaker. Students want an inspirational speaker,” said Sophia Mokotoff, 17, vice president of the senior class for 2004. “Students feel he wouldn’t provide the inspiration.”
Michael Cho, senior class president, said he thinks a Bush speech would detract from the pomp and circumstance. “We understand the President brings a lot of prestige and media coverage,” Cho said. “He would overshadow our graduation. It wouldn’t be about the students.”
Please, please, please, don’t let some NRO writer get into a snit about this and write 5000 words on the subject. That’s all I ask.
For what it’s worth, the commencement speaker for the Class of 1984 was then-Mayor Ed Koch. I don’t remember at all what he spoke about. I was in the band, which meant I was onstage, behind the dais (our commencement was at Avery Fisher Hall), which also meant there was a lot of temptation to goof around during the speech. We played the “Grand March” from Aida as the processional. This has nothing to do with the topic at hand, but you know how I get when I start reminiscing.
Anyways, no one has been formally invited to speak yet, so this may be the usual hubbub about nada. I was just amused to see a reference to Stuy in Salon.