172nd Commencement Honorary Degree Luncheon  

When I was in ninth grade here in Crawfordsville, i read about a recreational mathematics course that was just starting at Wabash, and I was fired with interest in puzzles and recreational mathematics, so I showed up at the meeting. The professor recognized everyone in the room as a student at Wabash, but he didn’t recognize me. He fixed an eye on me and asked, “Are you a freshman?”

And I said, "Yes."

It is a joy to be here, i’m greatly honored to receive this honorary degree, and I so much appreciate it

—Will Shortz, speaking at Sunday's Honorary Degree Luncheon

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