During May, our Throwback Thursday posts will be highlighting some of this yearâs major-reunion classes. Our series continues with the Class of 2004.
Jon Stewart, an honorary member of the Class of 2004, at Class Day. (Denise Applewhite/Office of Communications; published in the July 7, 2004, issue of PAW)
âThereâs something we need to tell you about the real world,â
host Jon Stewart told the soon-to-be-graduates at Class Day 2004. âI donât know how to put this so Iâll be blunt. We broke it.â
Stewart, a native of nearby Lawrence Township and brother of alumnus Larry Leibowitz â82, gave an entertaining address that included encouragement for the graduating class along with quips about Hoagie Haven and an evaluation of then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld â54âs interrogation policy (what some called abuse was actually âfreedom ticklingâ).
Stewart joked that his new 2004 beer jacket, pictured, was on par with an honorary doctorate, and he promised to give it a place of honor â in his attic, ânext to the visor I got for doing
One of student speakers that day, Jay Katsir â04, made a nod to the humming cicadas that arrived just in time for the Reunions and Commencement festivities. âDuring the time when other schools have a âsenior weekâ with a variety of university-sponsored events like booze cruises, we have a âdead weekâ with a variety of biblical plagues, like hail and locusts,â Katsir said.
Stewart was impressed with the budding comedian, telling reporters afterward, âThat kidâs good.â Katsir has since won three Emmys for comedy writing with the staff of
The Colbert Report