In Praise of the Less-Than-Earnest Commencement Speech

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It’s that time of year: when millions of students around the country slip into their caps and gowns, and say goodbye to their lives in the classroom, and hello to their lives in the bigger world.

But first, they must sit through speeches, some of which will be boring, some of which will be inspiring, and most of which will be very earnest.

Alvin Hall thinks that maybe they should be a little less earnest. The internationally known financial educator and bestselling author once gave a commencement address at his alma mater, Bowdoin College, which ruffled feathers - and he thinks that’s a good thing.