You have to think back and remember the spring of 1970 to understand why this ceremony was delayed. It was a turbulent time at many campuses in the U.S. Just a few weeks earlier, National Guardsmen killed four and wounded nine students during the protest at Kent State. Boston University had had its share of protests, sit-ins and fire-bombing. In fact, the situation became so tense that spring, B.U. officials decided to play it safe and canceled final exams and graduation.
But this past weekend, in an act designed to make amends, Boston U. held commencement for the class of ’70. About 300 of the 3,000 member class took the university up on its offer. One of the alums in attendance was photographer Peter Simon, singer Carly Simon’s brother.
In a NYTimes piece about the commencement, Simon makes an observation that we just have to pass along:
Mr. Simon said that when he speaks about his photography around the country, students frequently say to him, “God, I wish I’d been alive and been part of your generation because it’s really boring now.” He said he responds by saying: “But you have all this texting! You have cellphones!”
“And they say they’d give all that stuff away for the kind of experiences we had,” he said. “And I have to say, I agree.”
It may only be Tuesday, but I think we’ve found our Quote of the Week.