Pomp: I am biased, but I think I’ve just experienced the best high school graduation ceremony I’ll ever attend at which I am not a relative or even a close family friend of anyone graduating. It was inspiring and uplifting and blessed with the the most glorious weather possible. The students who spoke were brilliant and the commencement speaker, my friend Y.S. Chi, was a perfect choice to provide a thoughtful, from-the-heart message.

I was even moved by a quote credited to Calvin Coolidge (granted, not one of our most quoted presidents) that was cited by the valedictorian:

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

You can now have your diploma.

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