TIME Opinion Education Commencement Speeches Are for Suckers Harold R. Wilde April 8, 2014 SHARE Ramin Talaie—Getty Images Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses the United States Military Academy at West Point during the 215 commencement ceremony May 25, 2013 in West Point, New York. Students want rap stars. Parents want astronauts. Donors want publicity. What’s a college president to do?