Scherer’s 2010 speech named one of NPR’s Best 300 Commencement Speeches, Ever

by Teresa Gereaux on June 18, 2014

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Commencement speeches. Some are good, some not so good. Some are short, some much too long. Whether delivered at high schools, colleges or universities, there is a definite art to crafting a remarkable, enduring Commencement speech.

National Public Radio’s Education Team recently pored over hundreds of Commencement speeches to compile The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever. The list, released  in May, includes a speech from the 2010  Roanoke College Commencement. Even better, it’s a speech given by a Roanoke grad – John Jacob Scherer, class of 1962.

Perhaps you were there and recall Scherer’s speech. The quote highlighted by NPR was this: “You don’t need to change yourself. Ever. You need to come home to yourself. And that changes everything.”

Excellent words of advice from Scherer, founder of The Scherer Leadership Center and author of several best-selling books. Scherer graduated from Roanoke with honors in history and philosophy. He was captain of the varsity swim team, vice president of the Student Government Association and president of the Honor Council. He also was selected for membership in the Blue Key Honor Society, winning the Granville P. Meade Award to “the graduate with the greatest service to the world potential.”

Check out the full speech, read the text or watch the video.

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1 Fred Fishel '63 July 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm

WOW JOHN!!!! Congratulations on a commencement address of significant meaning and stature. You have assimilated wisdom from a broad field of disciplines and drew it all together into a whole so easily comprehended. I salute YOU! Fred Fishel

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