The search is over. The University of Washington, after a perilous, nail-biting, bullet-sweating week which had soon-to-be UW grads (as a senior taking the walk on June 9, I myself am included) more worried than their impending job hunts, has finally found a commencement speaker. Their choice: Norm Dicks.
While Dicks isn’t the worst keynote UW president Mark Emmert and Co. could have conjured, he certainly isn’t the most riveting either. Dicks’ resume for the job fits to the point that it’s a joke in itself: alum from classes of ’63 (undergrad), and ’68 (law school), played for a Husky football team that went to Rose Bowl, and a local politician to boot. Yawn.
A graduation ceremony that involves the reading of roughly 5,000 names is boring enough as it is, and while I’m sure Dicks is a capable, intelligent public speaker (40+ years in politics will do that), listening to an old, white, male, politician, give the stock speech about how the future is in our hands isn’t livening things up one bit.
Is someone funny too much to ask? How about being within 40 years of age to those wearing caps and gowns? Anything to inject some life into one of the most stale, trite, and altogether monotonous events that happens in college.