You're probably sitting there thinking A convocation speech? Really? Yes, really. Stop what you're doing and watch this now. And make sure your face is firmly attached, lest you lose it in the deluge of oratory excellence you're about to experience.
The event: Georgia Tech's Freshman Convocation. The speaker: Nicholas S. Selby, sophomore mechanical engineering student. The theme: unabashed, unadulterated greatness.
The two-minute high-octane clarion call (accompanied, with exquisite timing, by none other than Richard Strauss's "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" – aka the theme from 2001:ASO) was the expectation-shattering coda to Selby's otherwise garden-variety speech:
Nothing wrong with it, obviously. It's funny, poignant, insightful – everything a convocation speech should be. It's just... well... exactly like every other convocation speech ever. But then the twin. Turbos. Kick. In.
IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, YOU CAN DO THAT; YOU'RE AT GEORGIA TECH. IF YOU WANT TO BUILD THE IRON MAN SUIT, YOU CAN DO THAT. IF YOU WANT TO PLAY THEME MUSIC DURING YOUR CONVOCATION SPEECH, LIKE A BADASS – WE'RE AT GEORGIA TECH, WE CAN DO THAT.
I AM DOING THAT!
This speech will straight up give you chills. Football coaches delivering down-but-not-out halftime speeches wish they could tap the gushing vein of fervency Selby has zeroed in on here. Hats off, Selby, on perhaps the most epic convocation speech delivered by anyone ever.
Poor Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Rafael Bras. How the hell is anyone supposed to follow that?