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Colbert Tells Grads Future's So Bright, Shades Included

Colbert Tells Grads Future's So Bright, Shades Included

Stephen Colbert was a Tiger in spirit yesterday as he spoke to the Princeton graduating class. They presented him with an award, "The Great Princeton Class of 2008 Understandable Vanity Award," mounted appropriately enough, on a mirror. Colbert said it was the most beautiful thing he'd ever seen.

In true Colbert Report form, he told the grads, "you can change the world. Please don't do that, OK? Some of us like the way things are going now." Acknowledging their potential, Colbert said, "I'm scared of you. I can tell you are go-getters. At my college, for instance, no one got out of bed before 11 o'clock."

He saved his biggest skewer for the black-and-orange class jackets — known as "beer jackets" — a mainstay of Princeton culture. Schooling them on the real world he said, "when you leave here, no one will ever, ever want to hear you sing a capella. And those jackets you're wearing, do not wear them to your job interview."

He changed his tune when they presented him with his own.

"In that case," he said, "I take it back. This is a beautiful jacket. Change the world."


thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
Amen, stephley!
doubleagame doubleagame 9 years
Colbert rules them all.
em1282 em1282 9 years
Gah...would have killed to have gotten Colbert speak ay my graduation. We got Tom "The Greatest Generation" Brokaw. :(
jcurrysf jcurrysf 9 years
That's hilarious!! My fiance is a Princeton grad and has one of those jackets in his closet and it really is hideous. It's like Steve Colbert read my mind!
stephley stephley 9 years
The Sugar Academy of Extraordinary Women cordially invites Stephen Colbert...
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I wish he'd speak at my graduation! LOVE him! Send me an invite if you get him Stephley :)
juliarose23 juliarose23 9 years
haha i wish he was speaking at my graduation...
Bookish Bookish 9 years
He's so awesome. I wish I was that funny.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Colbert = LEGEND. That is all.
stephley stephley 9 years
Wish I could throw a pretend graduation that sounded real enough that he'd accept an invitation to speak.
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