But the young are, well, too young, to feel much nostalgia. At commencement ceremonies, many mainly feel bored: "I can't wait for it to be over. I'm starved."
I've written often on reinventing education but not heretofore on education's capstone. Here's my vision for Commencement 2.0.
- Every graduate, as she or he crossed the stage to get the diploma, would give a one Twitter-length (less than 140 characters) speech. The audience would be encouraged to tweet each other about it in real-time.
(To avoid the ceremony being longer than an hour, if there were more than 100 graduates, there would be a separate ceremony for graduates within each of a university's colleges or majors. In a large high school, there'd be a ceremony for each academic subject. Each student would attend the ceremony of his or her favorite subject.)
- One non-graduate would get to give a blog-post-length (200 words ) speech.
- All the above would be enshrined on a monument to be prominently placed on campus. (or if a virtual university, on its website.)