Written by Erren Harter
High School graduations are more memorable for some than others. Students at the prestigious Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire, likely will remember theirs for some time.
The speaker was John Roberts, yes Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts and the father of one of their classmates.
Pretty cool to have someone like that to speak, but his message likely shook these kids from silver spoon families up just a bit.
Here are the main points from his talk:
“From time to time, in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice.
I hope you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty.
Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time, so that you don’t take friends for granted.
I wish you bad luck again, from time to time, so that you will be conscious of the roll of chance in life, and understand that your success is not completely deserved, and the failure of others is not completely deserved either.
And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship.
I hope you will be ignored, so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.”
Roberts went on in the speech to typical commencement speech fare, telling the students to avoid becoming complacent with themselves. “In a certain sense,” Roberts said, "you should not be yourself, you should try to become something better.”
Roberts has practiced what he preached on the bench having voted with the more liberal side on occasion especially in holding up parts of the Affordable Care Act we know as Obama-care.
You may or may not agree with our Chief Justice on things involving the Supreme Court, but I’m guessing most of us think his talk with these graduating high school seniors was “right on!”
I’m Steve Sauder