And Finally, in Closing

Notebook salutes those exemplary characters from the Class of 1999: the commencement speakers and honorary doctorates. Don't forget to wear sunscreen!

TEACHER'S PET Al Gore (1), at Graceland College: "We should treat teachers like professionals--we should pay them like professionals"

SALUTE-ATORIAN General Norman Schwarzkopf (2), University of Richmond: "America is you, beginning today"

MOST DIPLOMATIC Bill Bradley, at the University of North Carolina: "I was fortunate enough never to have to play against [UNC grad] Michael Jordan"

LEAST DIPLOMATIC Cokie Roberts (3), at Duke University, whose men's basketball team was upset in the NCAA finals: "I must say, it's nice to look out on this football field and see a group of winners"

CLASS CLOWN David Bowie (4), at Berklee College of...

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