I’ve been thinking about Snooki giving the commencement at Rutgers. I think Steve Jobs would be my first choice. Here’s part what he said to Stanford in 2005, which gives me the chills:
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.