Since it’s commencement season and around this time every year we always share with you the best graduation speeches being given across the country, we just have to share with you a remix of a commencement speech that went viral (just in case you haven’t seen it yet). It’s not a commencement speech from this year but rather a speech from a few years back by a famous author, David Foster Wallace, who has since committed suicide. The actual commencement speech, given to Kenyon College graduates on May 21, 2005 was quite a bit longer but this remix is really something that is incredible to watch. While it doesn’t beat out Conan O’Brien’s commencement speech given to Dartmouth College — which we rate as the funniest commencement speech given to date — it’s certainly moving.
In the speech, David Foster Wallace discusses how adulthood can be, well, banal at times. He discusses standing in line at the grocery store, watching people pick their noses, cough, complain, and sigh. He discusses sitting in traffic to go to work only to sit in traffic on the way back from work. He talks about routine and how boring routine can be. He talks about all of the things that graduation speeches aren’t usually about. They’re usually about changing the world and hope. But, in between changing the world, you have to stand in line at the grocery store on occasion, right?
We think this is a phenomenal remix of a great graduation speech and kudos to the filmmakers for turning this speech into something very special that touched people all over the world. We hope you enjoy watching “This Is Water.”