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Governor Jesse Ventura
GOVERNOR JESSE VENTURA DELIVERS OPENING CONVOCATION ADDRESS: HE TELLS STUDENTS TO HAVE FUN, FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS, AND BE SELF-SUFFICIENT.
Jesse Ventura, the 38th Governor of Minnesota, kicked off Carleton's 133rd academic year when he delivered the College's Opening Convocation address on Monday, September 13, 1999 in Skinner Memorial Chapel.
Several students and some faculty wore feather boas to welcome Governor Ventura. Dressed in academic garb, he processed to the platform with President Lewis and members of the faculty, under the traditional bubble brigade. As he approached the podium, students unfurled a banner from the balcony that read, "Welcome, Governor engage 'the mind' Ventura." The bust of Schiller also made an appearance, carried in by four masked students.
Ventura's remarks included many anecdotes from his life, including references to his own education, and he stressed the importance of personal responsibility, warning students that they may later be held accountable as role models for behavior they engage in today. Governor Ventura encouraged students to take advantage of the liberal arts education that Carleton has to offer. He also urged students to have fun, to accept challenges with an eye toward learning, maintain their sense of humor, and believe in the American Dream.
Highlights from Govenor Ventura's speech: