Stevie Wonder Has Left the Building!

May 16, 2011 5:41 AM


How many references to Stevie Wonder song titles can you spot? Hint: There are 16.

Lately, I’ve been feeling superstitious and it was probably triggered by Stevie Wonder’s impromptu performances at last week’s commencement ceremony. Seeing Stevie set off a series of events that has contributed to my feeling overjoyed about the smallest things!


While it’s probably just a coincidence, an episode of “The Cosby Show” featuring Mr. Wonder aired, and I was so excited that I became a bit uptight at the idea of anyone switching the channel to a different station — even if it was during a commercial break.

In last week’s Insider, I offered a list of things to be gained in making New Orleans home and showcased the benefits of living for the city. This week I hope that I’ve successfully signed, sealed and delivered those 10 reasons into the hearts of some of our graduates. But if not, I hope that they’ll continue staying in the know through the Insider.

I can’t help feeling a bit mushy, but what do I do? It’s all for your love.

To the graduates, if you remember nothing else, remember these three words: seek higher ground. Although it sounds simple, it's imperative that you hold on to your dreams and make an effort to change the world using the platform that your Tulane University degree can provide.

Ask any alumnus and they’ll confirm that even after parting ways, you’ll remain the sunshine of our lives and that you shouldn’t be surprised if we call to say “I love you.”

To Stevie Wonder, whom we serenaded at commencement the day before his birthday, I’d like you to know that I’m that girl who walks to the beat of “Master Blaster” and wakes up to an alarm clock playing “Isn’t She Lovely.” You definitely increased the enjoyment of attending the 2011 commencement ceremony, and for that we’ll always remember the blue and green ribbons in the sky on that great day.

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