Commencement Speaker: Allen Fore
Law School: Valparaiso University Law School
Claim to Fame: Director of Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP
Notes: Fore quotes from his personal hero, Ronald Reagan. Isn't Reagan where this whole "public divestment of public education" started? The "why should I pay for your degree" thing?
Commencement Speaker: David Drummond
Law School: Santa Clara University School of Law
Claim to Fame: Senior VP and Chief Legal Officer of Google
Notes: Drummond quoted his personal hero, Nelson Mandela, in his speech. Drummond went on to say of Google: "Because it's a big company doesn't mean I can't fight to make sure that this big company sticks to its principles, that its continual march toward openness and progress and fairness mirrors the marches I participated in 30 years ago on this campus." Note Drummond attended Santa Clara undergrad; his law degree is from Stanford.
Commencement Speaker: Sonia Sotomayor
Law School: Yale Law School
Claim to Fame: First Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Notes: The gist of Sotomayor's remarks were to follow their values and passions and not to worry about their resumes.
Commencement Speaker: William "Mo" Cowan
Law School: Boston College Law School
Claim to Fame: Interim U.S. Senator about to "return to the private sector"
Notes: Cowan told the grads: "Find the proper balance between your net worth and your self-worth." He then went on to provide this gem: "Your true career path will be as clear as a bell, and you will know how best to utilize that versatile tool of remarkably infinite utility."