Stephen Colbert at Wake Forest University (Video)



  • Let me win you back. Duke sucks.
  • It is my responsibility as a commencement speaker to prepare you for what awaits you in the future. Here it is: No one has any idea what’s going to happen. Not even Elon Musk. That’s why he’s building those rockets. He wants a ‘Plan B’ on another world.
  • The future is always uncertain.
  • And if there’s one thing you need even more, it’s your own set of standards. Having your own standards will help you weather moments like that. Having your own standards allows you to perceive success where others may see failure.
  • So I hope you find the courage to decide for yourself what is right and what is wrong. And then, please expect as much of the world around you. Try to make the world good according to your standards. It won’t be easy. Get ready for my generation to tell you everything that can’t be done — like ending racial tension, or getting money out of politics, or lowering the world’s carbon emissions. And we should know they can’t be done. After all, we’re the ones who didn’t do them.


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