U-Idaho Coeur d’Alene Commencement Speaker Reed Urges 2012 Grads to Celebrate the Positive, “Find the Pony”

Wednesday, May 9 2012


COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Longtime Coeur d’Alene attorney Scott Reed delivered a brief commencement address that began with a humorous insight, and he continued to deliver them to new graduates throughout the ceremony Monday night.

“This is a happy occasion for all of you,” Reed said. “But, a year or so later, when a graduate is asked what is the most forgettable event surrounding his or her education, it will be the commencement address.”

The unassuming Reed holds a history degree from Princeton University and a law degree from Stanford. He was admitted to the Idaho State Bar Association in 1956 and served as assistant US Attorney, 1959-1961. He has practiced law from his Coeur d’Alene office throughout his storied 56-year career.

Throughout his career, Reed often worked to defend the National Environmental Policy Act. He related one story of a NEPA lawsuit against the highway department as they constructed
Interstate-90 near Coeur d’Alene Lake. The highway department had dumped several thousand yards of material, along with a grader and bulldozer, into the water. The lawsuit had the bonus impact of the highway department building the bike trail along the lake. Reed offered an analogy for graduates to ponder:

“Inevitably in your future career, you will be delivered a pile of manure,” said Reed. “My advice to you is: Look for the pony.”

May 2012 graduates of University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene earned a total of 196 degrees, including 84 master’s degrees, four doctoral degrees, 13 specialist degrees and 95 baccalaureate degrees.

U-Idaho President M. Duane Nellis served as master of ceremonies at the event, awarding diplomas and honors. The President’s Medallion, bestowed on those who have made significant contributions to Idaho and its people, provided exceptional service to the state or nation, and who have influenced the wellbeing of humanity, went to Coeur d’Alene native and retired businessman, Jim Elder.

Longtime Family and Consumer Sciences professor, Janice Fletcher, earned The Warren Bakes University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene Advocate Award for her advocacy and impact on at-risk children throughout Idaho, and particularly northern Idaho.

Dignitaries on the platform for Monday night’s ceremony at Schuler Hall also included: mayor of Coeur d’Alene, Sandi Bloem; Don Soltsman, University of Idaho regent; Doug Baker, University of Idaho provost and executive VP; Charles Buck, associate VP and CEO of U-Idaho Coeur d’Alene; Cyndie Hammond, director of Lewis-Clark State College, Coeur d’Alene; Cori Mantle-Bromley, dean of the College of Education; Don Burnett, dean of the College of Law; Jie Chen, dean of Graduate Studies; Mario Reyes, interim dean of the College of Business and Economics; Paul Joyce, chair of the Faculty Senate; SeAnne Safaii, Faculty Senate; Emily Duvall, College of Education faculty; Jim Gregson, associate dean of Education; Traci Craig, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Nancy Krogh, registrar; and Steve Johnson, director of Alumni Relations.
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