Happy Belated Canada Day and Fourth of July! Despite all of the grumblings and mumblings, we North Americans are indeed fortunate to live where we do. I like to say we won the geographical lottery. (If you don’t count winter!)
Plenty of incredibly accomplished and talented people have given commencement addresses at some of the continent’s most prestigious centers of learning. So, you wouldn’t think a Governor would be all that exciting. In fact, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker opened his address at Northwestern University by saying that even HE would have preferred to see Beyoncé make the speech.
But then he went on to give one of the most wonderful commencement addresses I’ve ever seen. He quoted The Office and talked about how to develop an “idiot detection system”. It wasn’t about politics and it wasn’t partisan. It was about life. Making choices. Deciding who you want to be.
One part of the speech was so moving, I transcribed it and turned it into a meme for social media. I’ve embedded part of the speech on video below, too. This guy gets it. I hope the students got it, too.