William H. Turner, interim president of Kentucky State University, promised the crowd the 114th KSU commencement address would be short.
Some seniors, earlier in the week, asked him not to do any "long preachment." He listened and kept it simple. And the 250 graduates and their families and friends inside Farnham Dudgeon Civic Center Saturday morning laughed and applauded through his brief comments.
A recent trip to the grocery store gave him "food for thought." His walk through the aisles was the "perfect metaphor for some of the things I want this class to remember."
He first saw beautiful flowers. "Please always remember to stop and smell life's flowers," Turner said. "Be a flower yourself, a beautiful person to everybody you meet." Then he saw candy, and Snickers bars. "Do something every day that will make you snicker, laugh, giggle."
Then came the cereal section, and Special K. "Pick up on the 'K' of life. Go out from KSU and be a special K. Be kind to somebody. Be sympathetic, compassionate, gentle, humane and considerate."
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