Condoleeza Rice spoke at Boston College, Hillary Clinton at Adelphi University, and Ellen DeGeneres showed up in her bathrobe at Tulane University.
But it’s not the speaker that really makes the difference, it’s the message. And here’s a message delivered at the Marymount College in Manhattan this year by Rabbi Marc Gellman, author of the books "Where Does God Live" and "How Do You Spell God".
You may think someone speaking at a prestigious commencement would draw on their years of wisdom to come up with something poignant. Not Rabbi Gellman. He found his words on the internet. They were sent to him by one of his golf buddies. But these words tell a truth that every graduate and every person needs to know:
"An elder Cherokee chief took his grandchildren into the forest and sat them down and said to them, ‘A fight is going on inside me. This is a terrible fight and it is a fight between two wolves. One wolf is the wolf of fear, anger, arrogance and greed. The other wolf is the wolf of courage, kindness, humility and love.’ The children were very quiet and listening to their grandfather with both their ears. He then said to them, "This same fight between the two wolves that is going on inside of me is going on inside of you, and inside every person." They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked the chief, ‘Grandfather, which wolf will win the fight?’ He said quietly, ‘The one you feed.’ So to the graduating class of 2006 let me congratulate you, and let me beg you to feed the right wolf."