The September 1985 Yale Convocation was the first I attended as a Yale parent and the last at which Bart Giamatti, then President of the University, spoke.
He told the incoming freshmen he hoped the four years ahead would inspire commitment to a lifetime of learning.
He observed there was a difference between being involved in learning and committed to it.
He said, “In ham and eggs, the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.”
I don’t know about my son, the new freshman. Myself, I’ve never forgotten what Giamatti said.
Whenever someone asks me to commit to something, I think about the pig and the ham.
It helps clarify what’s important.