Fellow seniors:

Thank you for electing me as your class speaker. I’m deeply honored by this opportunity.

This speech is as much mine as it is yours. It’s called a class speech because it’s for all of us, from all of us. For that reason, I want to invite you to ponder a question, and, if you’re so inclined, share your answer with me:

Let’s imagine I’m putting together a slideshow, and I want an image from every senior. I want each person’s photograph to represent his or her life at Williams—the regular, ordinary, day in day out life you spend most of your time living. What would your photograph be? Describe this scene.

If you need inspiration, some responses I’ve gotten include: walking through the library quad on my way to class with my backpack on and waving to a passerby; sitting in Goodrich talking to friends and drinking coffee; and sending an email while sitting at a high-top table in Sawyer with a reading packet open. (This last one is mine.)

Any reflections are welcome (on this question, or anything else), and if you want to speak more about your image, I’d be happy to meet in person or get in touch via email.

Thank you, once again, for the honor of speaking at Commencement. And thank you for pondering this question. I look forward to hearing from you!

Enjoy the last week of classes and all that Williams has to offer.

Yours in a love of the Purple Valley,
Jeffrey

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