The streams of Charmin blowing in the trees outside the local high school confirmed it: it’s graduation season.

Disciples colleges, universities, and seminaries are sending forth the Class of 2008 this month. Commencement speakers at these schools include Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, former presidential candidate George McGovern, and the esteemed Rev. Fred Craddock, who will speak at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa this weekend.

Jeff Gill, whose wife teaches at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, attended the school’s commencement exercises last weekend where Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences, addressed graduates. In “Notes to a Commencement Speaker,” Jeff shares what he wishes the speaker had told them.

‘Round here [the Woods family hacienda], it’s all about the high school graduations this year. We have two of them, plus my ordination, during a four-day span.  [more on that later…]