Galvanized by a Graduation Speaker?


I was fully prepared to nod off during the homilies at my daughter’s Bucknell University 2010 commencement. Dr. Ben Carson was truly inspirational, though, speaking extemporaneously and with humor and passion. Here’s a YouTube clip of this celebrated neurosurgeon, who separated twins joined at the head in an arduous 28 hour operation in South Africa.

What a Public Library Can Do for Any Child

The reason I bring him up is that Dr. Carson talked about the joy of the Detroit Public Library. He was the son of a domestic worker with a third grade reading level, but his mom believed so strongly in education that she required book reports from Ben and his brother. Dr. Carson talked about the riches available in any public library, and how his years of reading spurred him to be a better, more ambitious student.

“Think Big” Was the Message

You may want to read more about a person who stood before us as an example of brain power and determination, supported by his mother who taught him to believe in himself. Go look for The Big Picture: Getting Perspective on What’s Important in Life or Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence.

Gifted Hands is also available, both as a biography and as a DVD about Dr. Carson, with Cuba Gooding, Jr. playing the main role.

Living with Life-Threatening Disease

Although Dr. Carson did not discuss his recent cancer diagnosis, his 2008 book does so in Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk.


Author Bio:

Karen Y. is pleased to have attended seven graduation ceremonies for her three children.

Sign In