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There are 23 comments on Google’s Schmidt Is Commencement Speaker

  1. Maybe this is just me but is that poem erie or what?

    “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a
    gazelle, when the sun comes up, you’d
    better be running”.

    is this some kind of capitalist mantra that we’re all supposed to be chanting in our heads? Sorry I don’t mean to be a wise guy but yo – life in this kind of BU world is made up of an endless series of small emergencies. thats what this quote reminds me of- the endless deadlines and the great things that are always just around the corner… why can’t we just BE HERE NOW and appreciate the wonder and beauty of life/god/whatever without reducing it to this ultra competetive “acheiver” mindset? What are we actually achieving besides destroying all life on this planet? Why Schmidt when we could have gotten someone like Chomsky or Ram Das? Whatever though I know haters are gonna attack this, I’m just glad this corporation still has some great professors… last thing though before I graduate: when you have a ten million dollar gym the basketball courts are awesome but people stop going to the park… think about it im out

    1. No I agree, the poem is eerie and doesn’t really fit. Also I’m sitting still right now as I type this–better get moving before that lion comes along!

    2. Anonymous hit the nail on the head; most of us are already running, but in circles. Unless we jump off the treadmill long enough to reflect on what’s really working/not working in our society, we will lack the wisdom to move the world to a better place.

      1. Anonymous, I love your comment. It’s good to run on occasion, but walking or even sitting and contemplating are also necessary for the well-being of all creatures, including lions and gazelles.

    3. That does sound a little creepy. It does get you thinking, though.

      Eric Schmidt happens to be a great choice for a speaker–he has made a real difference in our world and helped/helps make knowledge more accessible to everyone more easily. He is politically unbiased, whereas someone like Chomsky or Ram Das may only appeal to certain members of the student community, though they would have been interesting as well.

  2. We (seniors) didn’t give a “collective gasp”. We paused to figure out who Eric Shmidt was, then we clapped (because it was the right thing to do).

    1. Agreed, I certainly don’t think there was a “burst of applause in appreciation”. I think the “gasps” were more “gasps” if disappointment.

      1. Completely agreed. With all due respect to the reporter, that “description” is so far off base. At least where I was sitting there was some confused silence and then awkward slow-clapping. I was disappointed with how Pres. Brown announced it too, I barely realized he had moved on to commencement speaker from the last honorary degree recipient!

  3. The quote is timely and appropriate especially for new grads. It stresses the importance of readiness at wherever you are, whether hunter or prey. Brown was clearly trying to get at how you are prepared as a result as he would put it of “completing a college education, and you’re doing it at a very good university.”

    As for time to appreciate the NOW, Lions don’t hunt 24/7… Only once a day and then only for 1-2hrs at a time, so the gazelle doesn’t have to be on edge the entire day. There is safety in numbers, and the wind lets you know when the hunter is approaching.

    With the hunter, the hunt last for about 2 mins. The majority of a lion’s time is spent chillin and raising cubs… Lots of NOW time.

  4. A commencement speaker should be someone that the graduating class (aka a bunch of 21 and 22 year olds) would be interested in hearing and WANT to hear. I am very disappointed that BU. But I guess it is classic BU style, MAKING us listen to someone we dont want to talk for an extended amount of time. Isn’t graduation supposed to be fun?

    1. Then don’t go. I’m going to my own school graduation then peacing.
      From what I’ve heard, if you miss university graduation, you’re not missing much.
      Wish we had someone entertaining like Katie Couric last year.

    2. The chosen speaker, whether famous or not, is someone who has achieved a great deal and can share experiences and advice with the graduating class. Don’t underestimate the quality of speech you’ll get from Eric. Last year, Katie Couric gave a fabulous speech, and I don’t think she would necessarily be anyone’s choice for a commencement speaker.

  5. are we actually complaining that a chariman of Google is going to be our speaker, seriously? I’m sorry I do want to hear speak someone as successful as he is before i venure into my career…

    1. Ummm I disagree…. you will hear bunch of CEO’s in your lifetime speak. If I wanted to hear what the former or next CEO of a multi-billion dollar company has to say I would pick up the WSJ…. Graduation is an event where you should be able to enjoy yourself and hear someone tell you something positive that you can enjoy. As a 21 or 22 year old, I know what comes next in life and I dont need a FORMER CEO to tell me anything… I wouldve preferred a comedian to lighten the mood knowing the next few years will involve work work and more work.

      BTW, if you need someone to tell you how to become successful at your upcoming career, maybe you should reconsider your career. People who succeed in life know what they want for themselves and also require a tad bit of luck. Bet you the speaker wont ever tell you that.

  6. I am extremely excited for the commencement. I think it will be very interesting to hear someone who had a technical background (engineer) speak about their life and career. I’m sick of hearing speakers from the entertaining industry or TV (like Katie Couric). They obviously know how to entertain but at such a crucial moment like commencement, I don’t want to just watch another TV show. I want something more REAL and Schmidt is a great candidate for that.

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