The commencement speaker was the Chairman for the National Endowment of the Arts. His speech discussed how public education should devote more time to music, drawing, poetry.
"Video games are taking up time that could be spent on arts. If you spend a month playing Halo 3, you will not grow nearly as much as if you spend that month learning to draw. If you don't believe me, try it."
I asked Tom what he thought of the speech.
Tom just started a job programming video games for Electronic Arts.
"It was the worst speech possible," he said.
The computer science department diploma ceremony. One lucky Ph.D. student was hooded by Donald Knuth.
I chatted for 20 minutes with the extremely humble and witty J, under a palm tree.
Father's Day and graduation on the same day. My dad is happy. :)