Gallaudet Commencement Speech Excerpts

Gallaudet University just recently had its commencement ceremony and the surprise appearances by two familiar well known figures from the past got standing applauses from the graduating class.

"At first, I'm shocked to see an image of myself on the mall, and all these wild horseless carriages, it's an honor to be here at this institution that my signature created, I see these Deaf having a future, making a contribution to our nation. The Constitution has withstood all these challenges over time, and I'm proud to leave a legacy for generations to come. Despite of all what we had achieved, there are still some barriers to overcome. Today I had an opportunity to tour the White House, it's a pleasure to visit the first black President, slavery may be a thing of the past, but racism still what is preventing us from becoming greatest nation on earth. Congress, same old story, bickering as usual. I got so much to learn, today Michael Jackson, whom I met backstage, taught me the moonwalk." Abraham Lincoln thanks his interpreter, Thomas Gallaudet, now taking the podium. Gallaudet University gave him a penny as a token of appreciation.

"I can't imagine actually being here with Abraham Lincoln and Michael Jackson, I thought I was in Heaven, but your engineers explains that I'm an avatar, and like you, I still can't figure it out how they done that. You guys taught me a new word, "audism," and I agreed with my friend, Abe, that we still face oppression in our society and we had to deal with them. In my time, we taught our Deaf students vocational skills, seamstresses, shoe repairs but nowadays the world has changed ever since, you can be doctors, lawyers, anything you wish to be. My old friend (laughing), Alexandra Graham Bell, isn't around to bother me, he's still in his grave. Today I rode the Metro, got lost and people were staring at me, wearing this Victorian outfit, I obviously felt out of place but on this campus I'm home, especially when you students came up to me asking for "selfies", I humbly obliged. I tried to call Alice Cogswell, using your videophones (VP), but forgetting that I'm in the wrong century. I ain't got much time so Abe and I will be joining Michael Jackson to paint the town red before they shut off our avatars, and may God be with you in your endeavors." 
Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz thanks the three gentlemen and proceed in handling out diplomas. Seniors then ran after Michael Jackson seeking his autograph on their Tower Clock yearbooks. An reception was held at the "Ole Jim" afterwards.


Deaf Consciousness

Why are we wasting our time  and energy educating the public with the Deaf Awareness gimmicks, it's not getting us anywhere. It's just a proclamation on worthless piece of paper, a few booths in an exhibition hall selling ILY t-shirts, displays of the latest telecommunication equipment, maybe a workshop on how to use an interpreter. The general public doesn't give a damn because we didn't raise social consciousness on the issues that affect our lives.
Black awareness? I think not, but they march on Washington, demanding equality in our society back in the civil rights era. Remember those scenes of a governor of a state blocking a black college student, the sit-in at the local drugstores, they were fighting segregation. It's their actions that raise social consciousness that causes us to realize that racism is dividing our nation and that we had to do something about it. The blacks don't sit around at a booth like we Deaf do, they took action.
The same with the women, they fought for their rights to vote. Like the blacks, they also raise social consciousness, winning the rights to have abortions, etc. The women don't sit around at a booth like we Deaf do, they took action. Nowadays, the gays are actively involved in achieving their rights to marry. Like the blacks and the women before them, they are raising social consciousness. The gays don't sit around at a booth like we Deaf do, they took action.
Once again, may I repeat; we are wasting our energy and time over the years trying to create Deaf awareness among ourselves, the public already knows we exists so what! Deaf Awareness doesn't achieve our goals, but I strongly believe that Deaf social consciousness is the way to go. If you had any doubts, look back at the Deaf President Now (DPN) movement at Gallaudet, it was a really a social consciousness event that got the world attention in one day that Deaf Awareness couldn't do in a hundreds or so years. We don't need a governor to proclaim Deaf Awareness week, but rather a governor that signs a bill that address the issues at hand.


National Interpreter Depreciation Day

National Interpreter Appreciation Day Top 10 List 1. An interpreter earns $65 an hour for your employers to teach you how to wash the dishes at $7.25 an hour. 2. You are sentenced to life in prison for a crime you didn’t commit, the interpreter put in a guilty plea so she can leave the court for the next assignment. 3. You paid $150 to see the U-2 band, and the interpreters got their autographs backstage. 4. You are studying Spanish at a local college, the interpreters doesn’t understand the language so you flunked the course. 5. You had a gay interpreter when you had your prostate exam. A straight when you had your pap smear. 6. You had an interpreter during an interview, the interpreter, not you, got the job. 7. You paid $3,000 to go on a Deaf cruise in the Caribbean, and the interpreters are enjoying their free vacation at your expenses. 8. You died in the ER while waiting for an interpreter to arrive. 9. You had to reschedule your appointment because the interpreter didn’t show up. 10. I don’t appreciate it when the interpreters get all the credits, especially after worship service when the congregation goes up to her, praising for her involvement in the ministry , and leaving me in the shadow. That’s why we are all going to hell!