June 4, 2014

Dr. Seuss Commencement Address

Commencement Address
Lake Forest College, June 4, 1977

     It seems to be behooven upon me to bring forth great words of Wisdom to this graduating class as it leaves these cloistered halls to enter the Outside World beyond.
     Fortunately for you of the graduating class, my wisdom is in very short supply. And I have managed to condense everything I know into an epic poem consisting of 14 lines.
     If I can find it under these robes, I will read it quickly and then sit down.
The Epic poem is entitled:

My Uncle Terwillinger on the Art of Eating Popovers

My uncle ordered popovers
from the restaurant's bill of fare.
And, when they were served, he regarded them
with a penetrating stare ...

Then he spoke great Words of Wisdom
as he sat there on that chair:
"To eat these things," said my uncle,
"You must exercise great care.
You may swallow down what's solid ...
But ... you must spit out the air!"

* * *

And ... as you partake of the world's bill of fare,
that's darned good advise to follow.
Do a lot of spitting out the hot air,
And be careful what you swallow.

-- Theodor Seuss Geisel, from Your Favorite Seuss, Random House (2004)