Education: Schooling for a Speaker

Each June at Commencement time, the guest speaker arrives on the college campus by the morning train or plane, his "prepared speech tucked in his briefcase. He is greeted by the college president, taken to lunch, escorted to his chair on the speaker's platform. After suitable introduction, he delivers his exhortation, sits down amid fitful handclapping and gets ready to head for home.

This spring, the graduating class of small (500 students), Quaker-founded Haverford College, outside Philadelphia, decided that the hit-and-run Commencement speaker was too far removed from his audience. They invited their...

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