Education: A Few Words Before Going Forth

Wisdom, humor and plenty of advice for the class of '86

Asked last week on television whether he thought graduating collegians paid attention to a commencement address, William F. Buckley, a perennial favorite to speak at these rites, replied no. Rather he saw it as "a kind of a final obstacle to their emancipation." The sentiment was shared by New York Governor Mario Cuomo, surely one of the most popular graduation speakers (over 100 invitations), who told the class of '86 at the State University of New York at Albany, where one of his daughters was graduating, "Today's challenge is mostly to avoid embarrassing Madeline."

Elsewhere the mood of the special day...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!