To the Editor:

I regret my class’s choice for Class Day speaker, who, since Yale does not traditionally have a speaker at Commencement, serves a comparable purpose. I only have respect for Anderson Cooper ’89, both on account of his burgeoning career and his illustrious family, the Vanderbilts, a true-blue Yale family if ever there was. However, can we not do a little bit better? I mean, heck, we’re Yale. That fact alone confers upon us — I feel, at least — a special obligation. We should have picked a person of real stature, a man or woman of tremendous international standing, such as Tom Brokaw or Diane Sawyer! Class of 2006, give me a break.

Brooks Prouty ’06

Jan. 16, 2006