Board Chair Andrew Condie ’82 Speaks at Commencement

MICDS Board Chair Andrew Condie ’82 addressed the Class of 2023 at their Commencement on May 14, 2023, before awarding their diplomas with Head of School Jay Rainey. Here are his remarks.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to congratulate the class of 2023 and welcome all of you to the MICDS commencement. And, happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers joining us today.

I should begin with a small confession that I think will make Mr. Rainy and the faculty cringe. In preparing for my remarks today, I did what I believe many people that are addressing graduates are doing these days. I queried ChatGPT for a commencement speech. And the AI program produced a nice little speech, which I am not going to read.

Graduates, according to Chat, you have worked hard and received an exceptional education. In addition, you have learned the values of leadership, compassion, and community service. Chat encourages you to go forward and take risks, don’t be afraid to fail, embrace your mistakes, pursue your passions, remain curious, challenge your assumptions, and make the world a better place. Well, I believe Chat is right about all that, and I have no doubt that you will succeed in those endeavors.

However, there was one sentiment that was missing from the Chat speech. Maybe it is because computers can’t fully comprehend human emotion just yet. Or, more likely, maybe I don’t know how to use it. Either way, there was no mention of gratitude.

So, as you continue your journey, my hope for this class is that you recognize and show gratitude for all that you have been given. Be thankful for the sacrifices your family has made to prioritize education and support you at this great institution.

Be thankful for the faculty and staff that have dedicated their time and devoted their careers to educate you, care for you, and nurture you during your time at MICDS. This incredible faculty has not only given you a first-rate education, but they also have fulfilled the school’s Mission and taught you the more important lessons of how to think critically, act responsibly, and stand for what is good and right.

Finally, be thankful for your classmates and the friendships you have made. Cherish the memories with one another, and know that the friendships forged at MICDS will remain with you for a lifetime.

Congratulations, Class of 2023!  We wish you the best as you continue your journey.