The Class of 2018 [Editorial]

thendricks@theaegis.com

It’s been about 20 years since sunscreen was at the center of a talk one sage made to a graduating class.

In a very popular recording from the late 1990s, the speaker said the best tip he could give those graduates was “sunscreen.”

He said sunscreen would help preserve the outside of the youthful being they each were that day as the next 20 years passed – very quickly.

It was scientifically proven to do them good, he said, while there wasn’t proof of any kind that anything he was about to say would have any positive effect.

That’s true of so much of the blah, blah, blah members of the Class of 2018 will be exposed to during a 10-day stretch beginning with Harford Community College’s commencement Thursday evening.

Graduation speakers have high expectations as they prepare the words they hope might motivate graduates to become “doers of good deeds,” as the phrase in The Wizard of Oz goes, or at least inspire them to go bouncing from commencement into the real world with visions of greatness swirling around their heads.

Instead, all graduation speakers should keep it simple. Don’t try to be too profound; and keep it short. Just like this editorial.

The graduates and their loved ones who came to see this momentous milestone will be much happier.

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