We invoke the rule of law with a capital “L,” and we must all respect that. But laws are born with relativity, uncertainty, and sometimes injustice. I can give you examples—as I am certain you can, too—ranging from slavery to the death penalty.
So here is my wish for you. I wish you the freedom to think on your own. The freedom to question your certainty. For this is what it means to nurture a free mind and be a free human being. Throughout your time at this University you have been given the freedom to do just that. Keep it up!
To the Class of 2009 graduates: I wish you wonderful fulfillment in your lives, as well as great happiness. I salute you and wish you the best. Thank you very much.