Hampshire College Commencement Speech

I was selected by my alma mater’s 2012 graduating class to deliver the keynote address at their commencement ceremony. Here’s what I told them to prepare them for their futures:



  1. Denise T says:

    Hi Eugene,
    Just saw the commencement speech video and loved your funny, relaxed delivery. You have wisdom there! I think you probably inspired those kids to find what they enjoy and do it for 10 years. At least it should reduce their anxiety.
    Following you on twitter now. No pressure. *wink

    May 24th, 2012 at 12:27 pm (#)

  2. A ham sandwich says:

    Eugene, when you said “a backup plan is the first step toward failure,” I was 80% sure you were quoting either Ben Franklin or Napoleon Bonaparte. But you weren’t! Were you? Google said no.

    May 25th, 2012 at 4:04 am (#)

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