Recently here in New York, the late, great Julia Child's former partner, Chef Jacques Pépin stepped onto the podium at Columbia University, and graced it with his usual wisdom and style during their graduation ceremony.
Now standing in front of a captive audience with Ernest Hemingway looks (as well as a certain "bearded" elegance), Pépin shared his wealth of experience and passion as he told of his coming to America from France in the late 1950s. And of course, he spoke warmly of his time as a student at this very same prestigious university.
Pépin is a Columbia University General Studies graduate, who then went on to receive a Masters in French Literature from Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. And, this is the first time he has ever given a commencement/graduation address.
Well done, Jacques. C'est magnifique! And super congratulations to the Class of 2010.