Okay, okay, maybe not all commencement speeches follow the same unmemorable script. At the George Mason University last week, the dean of the engineering school rapped his words of inspiration to the Class of 2012 — while accompanied by a tuba.
Dean Lloyd Griffiths told the graduates that one of his favorite parts of convocation has been the music, so he figured this year, “Why not have some music as part of my speech?”
Griffiths was joined on stage by tuba-playing Michael Nickens, GMU’s director of the athletic bands who is known to students as “Doc Nix.” Grads laughed and cheered as Griffith rapped: “Today is real special. It marks a transition. From college to the world. It’s an ancient tradition.”
(The video is rather quiet, so you’ll want to turn up the volume.)
In addition to getting the graduates to join in on the refrain — GMU, what, what, what. Ain’t it so cool. Gettin’ in and gettin’ out of The Volgenau School — Griffiths also rapped about how the students are going to “make a new world” and should stay in touch with their professors via any means possible. The dean also told the students to work hard, to not just compete with other engineers but to create something new.
He he asked them to promote their school and represent it well: “Now you’re out and we’re count’n on you. Keep it movin’, keep it groovin’. Keep our Volgenau mojo improvin’. Cause it’s on you that we stake our reputation. Get in gear and engineer a better world and nation.”