Breaking: 2020 Commencement Speaker Announced

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Zoinks! Have you heard the news? Students and Texans alike were disappointed when this year’s Senior Soirée went by without an official announcement of the commencement speaker, but The Thrill has some insider information. Beto “Skater Boi” O’Rourke was so very pleased about The Thrill‘s endorsement that not only has he jumped back into the race (who even knew he’d dropped out?), but he’s also decided to do something for us! That’s right, Beto “#1 Rock Band Fiend” O’Rourke is Kenyon College’s Class of 2020 Commencement Speaker! Continue reading

Bill Bryson to Speak at Graduation ’14

Bill Bryson

Last night at Senior Soirée, amidst all the drinking, dancing and dresses, it was announced that best-selling American author Bill Bryson will be the commencement speaker for this spring.  Beloved in both the United States and the U.K. for his humorous travel narratives, Bryson is an Iowa native, sometimes labelled as an expat, who has spent most of his adult life in Britain. Bryson’s best-selling travel narratives include “Notes from a Small Island,” and “A Walk in the Woods.” His acclaimed book on the history of science, “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” explores history from the Big Bang to quantum mechanics and won the Royal Society’s Aventis Prize as well as the Descartes Prize. His most recent publication is “One Summer: America 1927.”

Another Year, Another Revisiting of “This is Water”

It’s commencement time again, which means people are getting in the graduation speech spirit, gossiping about who’s speaking where (President Obama went to OSU again, since it’s not like he practically lived there last fall) and reminiscing about the commencement addresses of yore. With that in mind, watch this hot new adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s hit 2005 Kenyon address, “This is Water” — now with pretty moving colors for those of you who can’t sit through a brief speech without getting bored and taking a Tumblr break, or something. It’s a great way to end another beautiful year on the Hill, or for the seniors, to get extra emotional about your own upcoming commencement.