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Capturing the Mindset of 2010 Grads

Digital messages offer amusing snippets of how new graduates see the world

June 22, 2010 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- A rain-soaked digital message board at the south end of Ryan Field kept family members and friends amused while they waited for the start of Northwestern's 152nd commencement ceremony.

Based on Beloit College's Mindset List, the ongoing messages that appeared before and after the festivities offered an entertaining look at the mindset of 2010 graduates. The message board also included information on how to purchase a commencement DVD.

Here is a humorous look at how the new graduates have experienced the world:

  • The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union
  • They have known only two presidents
  • They have grown up getting lost in "big boxes"
  • A coffee has always taken longer to make than a milkshake
  • They have never heard anyone actually "ring it up" on a cash register
  • They are wireless, yet always connected
  • Smoking has never been permitted on U.S. airlines
  • "Google" has always been a verb
  • Professional athletes have always competed in the Olympics
  • Text messaging is their e-mail
  • Mr. Rogers, not Walter Cronkite, has always been the most trusted man in America
  • Bar codes have always been on everything
  • Madden has always been a game, not a Super Bowl-winning coach
  • They grew up in mini-vans
  • Reality shows have always been on television
  • Green tea has always been marketed for health purposes
  • They have always been able to watch wars and revolutions live on television
  • They never played the game of state license plates in the car
  • DNA fingerprinting has always been admissible evidence in court
  • Young women's fashions have never been concerned with where the waist is
  • They are not aware that "flock of seagulls hair" has nothing to do with birds flying into it
  • Beach volleyball has always been a recognized sport
  • Bad behavior has always been getting captured on amateur videos
  • They have always preferred going out in groups as opposed to dating
  • The U.S. has always been studying global warming to confirm its existence
  • Richard M. Daley has always been the Mayor of Chicago
  • Ringo Starr has always been clean and sober
Orders for DVDs of the June 18 Ryan Field commencement ceremony are being accepted by mail or can be dropped off at the Office of Special Events by July 15, 2010. DVDs are $30 each, plus $5 domestic (or $10 international) shipping and handling fee per DVD. For information on how to purchase a 2010 commencement DVD or to download an order form, visit www.northwestern.edu/commencement/.
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