This weekend we had guests staying for Dartmouth College graduation. Since Dartmouth is one of the Ivy League schools, they usually secure interesting commencement speakers. This year, Conan O' Brien flew out from L.A. to address the class of 2011. You can read his address here or watch the video above.
It is an entertaining way to start your Monday. He hits some funny bones as only Conan can, but also imparts some appropriately wise words. A couple quotes:
"Yes, I've always had a special bond with this school. In fact, this is my second time coming here. When I was 17 years old and touring colleges, way back in the fall of 1980, I came to Dartmouth. Dartmouth was a very different place back then. I made the trip up from Boston on a mule and, after asking the blacksmith in West Leb for directions, I came to this beautiful campus. No dormitories had been built yet, so I stayed with a family of fur traders in White River Junction. It snowed heavily during my visit and I was trapped here for four months. I was forced to eat the mule, who a week earlier had been forced to eat the fur traders. Still, I loved Dartmouth and I vowed to return."
"It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can be a catalyst for profound re-invention."Enjoy!