Normally, even if only for a few hours, graduates should be able to feel uplifted, optimistic, and full of hope at their commencement ceremony. But not all people feel the way I do:
Word has it that three people were hospitalized for attempting to hang themselves with their tassels, and mental health intake units were packed for the rest of the weekend.
Reverend Brother (and newly honorary Doctor) Al Gore evidently thinks it's okay to depress the hell out of these kids. The poor people are already in the middle of great angst, bordering on panic now that they must grow up and get jobs. The job market stinks and they are so far into debt from student loans and government spending.
Why not torture them? Why not make them feel suicidal? Let's just pile sorrow upon sorrow.
But in all fairness, it was the Faculty and Administration who booked this idiot.... and honored him with a University of Tennessee Honorary Doctorate. If they have any misgivings at all, it's now on them.
I even bet most of the students danced with glee, when they heard they would get to see the (ahem) "father of the environmental movement". I am sure, they even had a party to celebrate. But what they all got was the first hand experience of hearing the ravings of a real live false prophet (and the embarrassment that comes with it).