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Pursuit of Commencement Speaker Doesn't Exactly End in Happyness

Posted By Ruby Elizabeth Lee On Apr 6, 2009 @ 10:40 pm In News | Comments Disabled

357240460_d2eb6da658We’ll admit it, we’re a little bit bitter. The Daily Cal [1] announced today that Chris Gardner [2], author of the memoir-later-turned-Will Smith film “The Pursuit of Happyness” [3] will be this year’s graduation commencement speaker. Meanwhile, Steven Chu–Berkeley Professor, former director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and recently appointed Secretary of Energy–will speak at Harvard’s commencement.

So Steven Chu–currently in the pursuit of alternative and renewable sources of energy and formerly director of LBNL–will be giving a speech to some Ivies over on the East Coast and Gardner–who lives in Chicago–will trek over to the West Coast to talk to us. So we get the ex-homeless guy who quotes dudes who can’t spell and Harvard [4] gets the schmancy scientist man-turned-member-of-the-Cabinet. Isn’t this a waste of energy?

And in an even stranger commencement lineup, Michelle Obama [5] will speak at UC Merced and Washington Math and Science Technical High School’s commencements. That’s right, we said UC Merced and high school. Now we’re definitely bitter. Apparently students at UC Merced actively sought out the First Lady as commencement speaker by writing letters to her, her office, and her friends and family. May we remind her of what happened [6]

Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season [7]

at Berkeley on VO (Victory of Obama) Day?

And to the Californians, the student group responsible for choosing the commencement speaker, it’s time to step up your game. The last few years have been pretty disappointing [8]. Even if we couldn’t get Mrs. Obama, we would have settled for Sarah Palin, at least for the laughs.

Image Source: rUd [9] under Creative Commons
Chris Gardner to Serve as UC Berkeley Commencement Speaker [Daily Cal [1]]


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[1] The Daily Cal: http://www.dailycal.org/article/105128/chris_gardner_to_serve_as_uc_berkeley_commencement

[2] Chris Gardner: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Gardner

[3] “The Pursuit of Happyness”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pursuit_of_Happyness

[4] Harvard: http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2009/04.09/99-speaker.html

[5] Michelle Obama: http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2009/03/michelle_obama_9.html

[6] what happened: http://clog.dailycal.org/2008/11/05/takin-it-to-the-streets-obamas-win-provokes-post-election-euphoria/

[7] Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season: http://www.podcastinfo.nl/?shiloh_2_shiloh_season

[8] disappointing: http://www.dailycal.org/article/24991/once_again_birgeneau_subs_for_absent_speaker

[9] rUd: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rud/357240460/

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