Colbert to Princeton Grads: 'Don't Change the World'

TV personality bestows singular words of wisdom on Ivy Leaguers
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2008 3:54 PM CDT
Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman laughs, Monday, June 2, 2008, as she listens to Stephen Colbert before he addressed the 2,611 Princeton graduates-to-be assembled at Class Day.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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(Newser) – As every college speaker does, Stephen Colbert reminded Princeton’s seniors at today's Class Day ceremony that they have the power to “change the world,” the Daily Princetonian reports. But unlike other speakers, Colbert added: please don’t do that. “Some of us like it the way it is. Personally, things are going great for me right now.”

Colbert did acknowledge the audience's potential: “One of the things that stays the same is that you are going to change things, and there’s nothing my generation can do about that.” After the ceremony, a reporter asked how similar preparing for the speech was to preparing his show. The hardest thing, Colbert responded, “is that I never know who is invited to this: me or the character.”