My only son, Kirk, my oldest child of four, 18, will graduate from high school this year. At some point, I may write about the whole process of decision making at this time of life, but for now I'm going to announce to you the decision. We've known now for about two weeks. Many of you may be surprised to hear about the results of this decision. He is going to college. He will be leaving home to do so. Where is he going? To reveal that to you, I'm going to give you some clues. Don't google. You're in trouble if you do.
The college was founded in 1802.
The buildings were first built in 1778.
1200 are admitted every year and about 1000 graduate.
Its football team has won three national championships.
Its students adhere to this honor code: "[He] will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do."
Some of you savvy ones may already know what school I'm talking about.
Two presidents of the United States have graduated from this college.
Four years at this institution cost over $250,000 per student.
U. S. News and World Report and Forbes in 2008 ranked this as the number one public college in the United States.
Forbes ranked this college in 2008 as the number six school over-all in the United States.
This second list may not have helped you too much.
About 12% of those who apply are admitted.
Candidates for admission must receive a nomination, usually from a congressman.
More than 80% who attend are men.
The college is fourth on the list of Rhodes Scholar winners.
The campus sits in New York state 50 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River.
The unofficial motto of the history department is: "Much of the history we teach was made by people we taught."
Every student is required to play a sport.
I think the third list probably helped a lot, but let's get more obvious.
The motto of the college is : "Duty, Honor, Country."
Edgar Allen Poe attended, but was expelled in 1834.
In 2009, this college has won the national titles in Boxing, Orienteering, and Pistol.
These men coached at this college: Vince Lombardi, Bill Parcells, Bob Knight, and Mike Krzyzewski.
74 graduates have been awarded the medal of honor.
The students are called "cadets."
The alumni are known as "the Long Gray Line."
These are graduates: Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, Stonewall Jackson, George Armstrong Custer, John J. Pershing, George S. Patton, Omar Bradley, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Norman Schwarzkopf, Buzz Aldrin, William Westmoreland, and David Petraeus.
The college is known as West Point because of its location on the Hudson River.
The college is the United States Military Academy.