Neil Boortz Graduation Speech-Truth! & Fiction!

Neil Boortz’ Commencement SpeechTruth! & Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

It is said to be a commencement speech delivered by nationally syndicated talk show host Neil Boortz.  Among other things, he offends the faculty by saying they are the ones who can’t “do” so they stay at college and teach.  Some versions say he delivered the speech at his alma mater, Texas A&M.

The Truth:

The speech is from the pen of Neil Boortz and is posted on his website at

Boortz tells, however, that so far, it’s never actually been delivered at a commencement.

He says he wrote the speech about 1997 in protest of never having been invited to give a commencement address.
It became the springboard for his first book, “The Commencement Speech You Need To Hear.”
Later he produced an audio CD of the speech complete with crowd noise and applause, which has been aired on his radio program.

Boortz says that although Texas A & M is his alma mater, it is not true that he gave the speech there.

Last updated 6/29/03