We are so cool.

Most of the coverage has focused on Obama and that’s all great and interesting, but for me, no one has summed up the day better than Colin McEnroe of the Hartford Courant: 

“In the main, though, it was a refulgent day, and Obama seemed less like the center of the universe and more like a perfect ornament to the occasion, which is meet and right. The processional music was many minutes of Wesleyan taiko drummers, dancing and pummeling and pounding out Japanese rhythms, and I had to agree with the president, Michael Roth, who strode to the podium and said, “Wesleyan, you are so cool.” It was impossible not to envy all those young souls who had just spent four years studying vodou and gamelan music and Wallace Stevens and Dante and the images of gunplay in American mass culture and expressionist painting and the history of the civil rights movement and Goedel’s theory of uncertainty and the life of the cell. And now they were headed to Brooklyn and San Francisco and Boston to love and scramble and stumble and catch themselves; and who wouldn’t want to be one of them?”

Full Article Here. 

14 thoughts on “We are so cool.

  1. Anonymous

    Am I the I the only one who found Rashida Richardson’s speech inexcusably immature — a giggling, bumbling, mumbling mess more reminescent of a junior high schooler than a graduate of one of the top universities in the land? Wesleyan should be embarrassed.

  2. Anonymous

    Am I the I the only one who found Rashida Richardson’s speech inexcusably immature — a giggling, bumbling, mumbling mess more reminescent of a junior high schooler than a graduate of one of the top universities in the land? Wesleyan should be embarrassed.

  3. spazeboy

    Call in to Colin McEnroe’s radio show tomorrow from 3 – 6 pm. He’s going to talk about commencement, and I’m sure he’d love to hear from Wes students (especially ’08ers).Tune in WTIC 1080AM (if you’re still in CT) or online at WTIC.com

  4. spazeboy

    Call in to Colin McEnroe’s radio show tomorrow from 3 – 6 pm. He’s going to talk about commencement, and I’m sure he’d love to hear from Wes students (especially ’08ers).

    Tune in WTIC 1080AM (if you’re still in CT) or online at WTIC.com

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