David McCullough Jr.’s Extraordinary Exhortation to a Graduating High School Class

David McCullough Jr. Speech to Graduating High School Students

“We have of late, we Americans, to our detriment, come to love accolades more than genuine achievement.  We have come to see them as the point and we’re happy to compromise standards or ignore reality if we suspect that’s the quickest way, or only way, to have something to put on the mantelpiece, something to pose with, crow about, something with which to leverage ourselves into a better spot on the social totem pole.”

This is an extraordinary high-school commencement speech. It’s about selflessness.