Hello Mod bloggers,
Tuesday, June 5th marked the climactic occasion
of the end of my undergraduate career. Since then, I have been reflecting on the past four years
and reliving the commencement activities, which, at
The day before
While I appreciate Whitford’s disdain for dishonesty and corruption in politics, and while I too would implore my fellow graduates (and indeed all people) to use their talents and capacities in honorable ways to better society and the world, I must admit that this positive take-home message of Whitford’s speech was lost amidst his inappropriate insults of other celebrity figures and his crude language and humor. I was amazed and appalled that at a graduation ceremony gathering parents, grandparents, and young children, Whitford would think it appropriate to use such words as “ejaculate” and “pu--y.” Regardless of the broader context Whitford may have thought would make up for using such inappropriate language, I know of a large population of students and families who were angered and disappointed by his lack of decency. Whitford was obviously aware of the ill reception of his words by laughing awkwardly at himself and blaming his immodest speech on those members of the audience who, for one reason or another, decided to laugh or applaud at his comments.
Fortunately, Whitford’s disappointing presentation was
compensated by the humorous and thoughtful words of some other members of the
Both Fleming and Williamson raise a good point. While thousands of family, friends, and loved
ones gathered at
In this blog, we often refer to modesty as it relates to dress, speech, beliefs and sexuality. However, I think many of us would also be the first to admit that modesty is a virtue that encompasses a whole demeanor and attitude. When I think of the many parents, who, out of a selfless and humble love, have sacrificed for the good of their children expecting little but their children’s happiness and well-being in return, I cannot hesitate to call this modesty. So thank you to all the family, friends, and especially parents who are exemplars in modesty through the humble beauty of their love and the dignity of their support and sacrifice.
And a special thanks to my own mother and father.