This is my 18th set of graduation remarks, actually 19 if you count my remarks in Shanghai last Sunday. And even though each class is unique in personality, the same dilemma comes up year after year. Do I structure my remarks about the personality of the class, pepper my remarks with a few funny anecdotes about individuals in that class, and run the risk of saying the wrong thing or making a funny that falls flat? Or do I take the safer route and offer some sage advice to the graduates as they head off to college?
This year was no different until I saw a great quote in the Delta Sky magazine. The quote is “Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.” I immediately thought it would make the bones of a good Crossties article or in this case, graduation remarks, so I wrote it down. Subsequent research found this quote to be attributed to no fewer than four different people but I am going to attribute it to Dorothy Parker, a 20th century satirist, poet, and Academy Award nominated screenwriter.
“Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.”