As Will Slack has nostalgically reminded us, the end of the 2009 school year is almost here. For many Ephs this means summer jobs, and time at home catching up with family and friends.

But for roughly a quarter of the Williams student population, this is a more poignant time, one that entails packing up for good rather than filling a storage unit, and saying goodbye to friends with whom they have shared their lives for the last four years. It also means graduation, the ultimate denouement to four years of challenging and life-changing study.

This June, the commencement speaker will be Clarence Otis Jr. ’77. And in a year in which the job market might seem especially daunting, this man’s story is one to inspire.

Special thanks to ‘Brother Spotless’ for posting this lively introduction in “Speak Up”. I look forward to hearing more from him and Mr. Otis.

Both articles are a good read. Enjoy!

Hungry? Well Williams College Alum Clarence Otis Jr. (class of ‘77) knows how to feed you. As CEO of Darden Restaurants Inc., Otis runs the largest casual dining corporation in the nation, including restaurant chains Red Lobster and The Olive Garden.

Otis will be the Williams College Class of 2009 Commencement speaker. Hopefully he brings cheddar bay biscuits; the hungover graduates-to-be would be ever-grateful…

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