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Far left, Provost Robert Shelton
and former Duke President Nan
Keohane; at left, Mebane Mayor
Glendel Stephenson, who had
left UNC in 1954 one course shy
of earning his degree and finished
up this spring. Carolina's nontra-
ditional stUdents are featured in
this issue, starting on page 18.
"I could give you the shortest com-
mencement address on record, which I hap-
pened to hear. It was the address given by
George Plimpton, to a Harvard College class
25 years ago. This is what he said. 'Don't go:
"But like so much advice on this occa-
sion, it is easier to say than to follow. You
must go. There's no more room for you
"In fact, your rooms have already been
"Your poor par-
ents, not to mention
the state, can no
longer afford to sub-
sidize you. You must
leave. And you will
do so whether you wish to or not.
"But before you do, you are obliged to
endure one more obligation and that is to
hear me out."
But we live in constant hope, and the com-
mencement ceremony is the annual renewal
of this hope that perhaps this time, and per-
haps in your class, we will get it right."
"The great hope each year is that the
rising generation of graduates across this
country, and particularly out of this Uni-
versity, will prove that there continues to
be a connection between virtue and
knowledge. Between goodness and oppor-
tunity. Between knowing it all and doing
the right thing.
"Alas, the examples are not brilliant and
are not many before us of those who are
capable of blending these qualities together.
"All of your life has been a mere prelude
to the day after tomorrow. I won't say
tomorrow, because you will be busy pack-
ing and getting stuck in traffic and going
"But the day after
tomorrow, it will hit
you. It will dawn
upon you that you
are no longer an
undergraduate.You are no longer a candi-
date for anything.
"Life has hit you full on and, by God,
you better live it or die. All of this has
been a mere preparation for that.
"So how do we sum this all up? Again,
"Get over it. Get over it; it's time to go.
"Get used to it. This is your life. What-
ever it is, it's yours.
"And get on with it.
"Life is to be lived and loved and not
"We shall not cease from exploration,
and the end of all of our exploring will be
to arrive where we started, and to know
the place for the first time. The end is
where we start fron"l."
(Lifo is to be lived and loved
and not merely anticipated.)
Rev. Peter J. Gomes
Top, participants in the hooding
ceremony for graduate students
on the Polk Place lawn the day
before Commencement. Above,
author and marketing expert J.
Walker Smith ' 77, who also has
two advanced degrees from
Carolina, addressed the graduate
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