Offbeat Graduation Speech Gets Standing Ovation

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May 14, 2012

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Offbeat Graduation Speech Gets Standing Ovation

Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.

– Antonio Machado –

Offbeat Graduation Speech Gets Standing Ovation

2012’s Baccalaureate speaker at the University of Pennsylvania was an unconventional choice for an Ivy League school. To address their newly-minted graduates, aspiring to dazzling careers, they picked a man who has never in his adult life, applied for a job. A man who hasn’t worked for pay in nearly a decade, and whose self-stated mission is simply “to bring smiles to the world and stillness to my heart”. This off-the-radar speaker launched his address with a startling piece of advice, followed up with four key insights gleaned from a radical 1000 km walking pilgrimage through the villages of India. As he closed his one-of-a-kind Graduation Day speech, the sea of cap and gowned students rose to their feet for a standing ovation. The full transcript follows: { read more }

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