In a nutshell, the Father Guido Sarducci's 5-minute university version of the ceremony is as follows:
Maxims 1-7 are straight from my tweets which in turn are paraphrased from the keynotes, #8 is my own incantation (very Santa Fe). I also added the last two entries, whereby three of Don Miguel's four agreements are listed at #9 since the fourth ("always do your best") is sort of already embedded inside Garrison Keillor's canonical exhortation, which I squeezed into number 10. The grand total is something of the order of 14 aphorisms, which proves that you can make just about anything fit into a list from 1 to 10.
- Success = derivative of life = rise/run (but see what happens if the lifeline bifurcates)...
- Never do a job a robot can do (until your roomba breaks, like mine did)
- Embrace change (it's paradoxically and stereotypically constant)
- Have fun (duh!)
- Be authentic (true to your nature)
- Leave the earth better than you found it (as we do in Venice)
- Cherish relationships (it's the arcs not the nodes! as they teach at SFI)
- Stay naive! By the sixth degree you will connect us to all of humanity
- Be impeccable with your word, don't make assumptions, don't take things personally
- Be well, do good work and keep in touch!
Maybe that's all our students really need to learn to commence on their path through "real life"?
Master the 10 commandments above, plus a card trick or two and you get a free halo and a guarantee that Italians will forever take a day off every year to commemorate your martyrdom... Sounds a lot better than getting a diploma as a "token" of your degree, no?
May Monsignor Sarducci bestow his blessings upon the class of 2009.
Bless them good -- real good. Amen!