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St. John's College of Annapolis is known as a "great books" school, where students learn by studying the classics, and holding vigorous, Socratic question-and-answer sessions with their professors, or tutors. By custom, tutors rarely reveal their own opinions in class ... so, this year, the graduating class one of their tutors to finally tell them what he's been thinking all this time - and to do it at the graduation ceremonies. We hear this excerpt from William Pastille's commencement address to the St. John's graduating class of 1998.