(Gutmann’s address, written for the University of Pennsylvania’s 255th Commencement, was published 5/19; via The Nelson Agency.)
Chairman Cohen, Trustees, honored guests, families, friends, and alumni: Welcome to the 255th commencement of the University of Pennsylvania! Let's hear it for the amazing Class of 2011!
Graduates, you've passed your final exams and handed in your dissertations. You've survived Walnut Walk. But I know you will always remember everyone who helped you arrive at this moment—first and foremost—your parents and families, your professors, and, of course, your Penn friends.
You know that your education doesn't end today. You know there will always be more to explore…always more to discover…always more to learn.
Because I'm a movie buff…because we're inspired by the presence of Denzel Washington…and because the very first Academy Awards ceremony was held on this exact date in 1929, I'm reminded that there's a lot you can learn from the movies. And so…