This was my commencement speech in 2000. A few years before, I vaguely remember someone mentioning that Kurt Vonnegut was the author. That would be incorrect.
The true author is Mary Schmich. And she delivered it to my class at North Central College for her first graduation address on a blisteringly humid June day. Schmich's since become a Pulitzer prize winner and probably made a dollar or two off the Baz Luhrman 'song.'