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SCOTUS Chief’s Graduation Advice

I thought that everyone had seen Chief Justice John Roberts’ speech at Cardigan Mountain School (a private, grades 6-9, boys school only a twenty-mile drive from campus) when the Valley News ran a piece with a video about it almost a month ago. But it seems not. The Washington Post, um, broke the story this past Sunday:


Commencement addresses can possess real wisdom (as Steve Jobs showed at Stanford in 2005), and Roberts employs in his remarks the pared-down style that characterize his judicial opinions — along with pleasing wit. As someone might tell certain professors in the humanities, when your thinking is clear, simple language will more than suffice in communicating ideas.

Addendum: The College’s ties with Cardigan are extensive, as the school’s website reports:

Cardigan Mountain School was founded in 1945 by two men whose vision and belief in their goal were unshakable. Harold P. Hinman, a Dartmouth College graduate, and William R. Brewster, then headmaster of Kimball Union Academy, joined forces with legendary Dartmouth president Ernest Martin Hopkins to obtain the land that is now the site of Cardigan Mountain School’s campus. Cardigan Mountain School opened with 24 boys, and, in 1954, upon merging with the Clark School of Hanover, New Hampshire, the School as it is known today began to emerge. Since that time, the School has grown to its current enrollment of more than 200 boys in grades six through nine, while the philosophy and objectives set forth by the founders have remained unchanged.

Addendum: An observer of the College writes in:

Four-year Dartmouth hockey team member Dave McCusker ‘88 and his wife Stephanie (née Solms) ‘88 just concluded a HIGHLY successful decade as Headmaster and “First Mom” at Cardigan (2007-2016). The McCuskers’ tenure epitomized capable, caring and inspiring leadership at the school, resulting in strong enrollments as well as tremendous capital improvements and expansion on campus. They have founded an independent education consulting practice now, based in Concord. Cardigan already named a new dormitory in the McCuskers’ honor. That event never occurred before in my 23 years following the school and its leadership.

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