Well, I’m officially excited for my sister-in-law’s graduation this May. Anna‘s getting her BA from Calvin College, a fine liberal arts school in Grand Rapids, MI.
Seeing Anna graduate would be fun in itself, but we get the pleasure of hearing George W. Bush deliver a righteous message about comforting the comfortable and afflicting the afflicted. You know, what Jesus would do. His speaking will preempt the previously-scheduled Nicholas Wolterstorff. Clearly Calvin is not trading up.
This will be the second time I’ll have the pleasure of hearing a right-winger speak at Calvin’s commencement, since I was there for my sister-in-law Emily’s graduation, when William Rehnquist told the class of 2001 that life was like a shopping mall. You can read a more engaging account of that process at Joel Swagman’s blog. I don’t know Joel but enjoyed his work uncovering Rehnquist’s racism. In response to the four year plan for inane commencement speakers, a high-ranking college official said, “We're getting used to these kinds of things and are proceeding with the marketing of the college as a DeVos/Republican institution safe for frightened parents.”
I would like to practice “discernment” at Anna’s graduation and therefore am soliciting ideas for an intelligent, pithy, terse sign, shirt, or something along those lines (preferably one that won’t get me arrested).