Tim Minchin is one of my favourite comedians and musicians. I have always been impressed by his way with words and he excels here, giving an “Occasional address” at a UWA Graduation ceremony where he was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters.
In the address he outlines nine life lessons for the new graduates and there are some absolute gems among them. Number six – “Be a teacher. Please be a teacher…Even if you are not a teacher, be a teacher”. And number nine – “Don’t rush…Life is best filled with learning as much as you can about as much as you can”. If you prefer you can read the full transcript but it’s well worth watching the video for the immaculately timed delivery and the reactions of the Vice Chancellor in the background.
Tim’s speech runs for about 11 minutes, the remainder is another person speaking of his achievements leading up to the conferring of the degree.