First there's a joke to get their attention... then maybe a reflection on lessons learned the hard way, a self-deprecating anecdote, a meaningful life experience, another laugh and then the inspirational send-off. That's the outline of a commencement address. Join Neal Conan and help us as we write one on the air.
*Former speechwriter for Al Gore
*Author of Reservation Blues and the award-winning screenplay for Smoke Signals
*Latest book is called Ten Little Indians (Grove/Atlantic, 2003)
*Graduating Senior at Brown University, major in comparative literature
*Chosen as one of two student orators
*Historian and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Biography John Adams (Simon & Schuster, 2001)