Notes Speeches

West Virginia University’s 135th Commencement Address

President and Mrs. Hardesty, Board of Governors, faculty, staff, alumni and dear parents: My wife and I are delighted and honored to be here to join with you in saluting the Class of 2004.

Dear graduates, congratulations! In the beginning of Thornton Wilder’s play, The Skin Of Our Teeth, the character Sabina says, “I hate this play and every word in it. . . . I don’t understand a single word of it — all about the troubles the human race has gone through, there’s a subject for you. I took this hateful job because I had to.”