Watch lights fade in every room: Cautions about commencement speeches

The Eloquent Woman

I've never given a commencement speech, but as a college senior, I judged the entries from fellow students who wanted to speak, along with a committee of faculty. One entrant wanted to give a real downer of a speech, a doom-and-gloom scenario about all the traps waiting for us in the future. And then all hell would break loose. Commencement speeches are fraught with all sorts of perils like this one. Have you given a commencement speech?