Showmanship takes the day.

May 15, 2011
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA

More than 1000 students leaving college - going into the world to seek their fortunes.

A major feature of every graduation is the SPEAKER - the person invited to send the graduates into the world with a helpful message.

The speaker was a VERY rich and successful William and Mary graduate - a man who started out in a  lower income neighborhood and today lives at the top of the mountain. This son of immigrant parents is today a highly successful business man and a very generous philanthropist.

He used examples from his own life experience to highlight his message to the graduates.
"You can do anything- to make a difference if you have Vision, Passion, and Integrity."

Although the message was not new; it was timely. More intriguing to me however was his delivery - part motivational speaker, part revivalist accompanied by his pacing across the stage wearing a flowing academic robe - an image that  reminded me of a Groucho Marx movie.

All in all a seasoned performance from a master showman.

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