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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Graduation speakers...

It's interesting to compare the graduation speakers that local universities have attracted this year:

Both Skidmore (Tim Russert) and RPI (Hillary Clinton) did well yesterday in attracting big names. Union, on the other hand, will have to settle for its outgoing president, Roger Hull, when they graduate in June. Next week, Albany Law (after alledgedly going after Clinton) also seems to be settling, bringing in local judge Joseph Teresi.

Siean, which graduated today, apparently has only a student speaker at graduation. Whoa.

Traditionally, graduation speakers are best if they are short, funny, and not too famous. I was at Yale in 2001 when President Bush spoke, and although he was up to the task on the first two items, the security prescence and general circus-ness of the event made it hard to bear.

My college graduation speaker at Hamilton in 2000 was so unmemorable that I can't even remember his name. All I know is that Colgate had John McCain that day. As such, I can sympathize with those at Albany Law and Siena this year.
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At 10:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

My parents went to the RPI graduation to see Hillary speak. They thought it was good - she stayed away from volatile issues (e.g. stem cell research, cloning, and how these relate to abortion/beginning of life/etc. issues) but focused on the need for science to not get held back by politics, namely environmental issues. Pretty good audience at a technical school for a message like that. I wonder if RPI put a transcript of her speech - if anyone has the time to look, go to www.rpi.edu.    



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