Angad Singh Padda rolled up his sleeves at undergraduate commencement Monday, sat cross-legged on the Greek Theatre stage next to Berkeley-Haas dean Rich Lyons, and began to beat on classical Indian drums called the Tabla.
“That intense beat right there was everybody’s heartbeat right before we opened our admissions letters,” said Padda, who wore a bright yellow turban that was inspired by Cal colors. “When I got in I was so happy my face was as bright as this turban.”
“On a serious note,” he continued. “for this speech to work I need everybody’s help. For a couple of seconds, please, close your eyes everybody. Think about that one problem that matters most to you, that one issue you really need resolved to make this world a better place. Now open your eyes. That right there is the core of my speech today.”
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