Simple commencement addresses can be tricky for politicians to give well and for their aides to write.
The point of the graduation ceremony, of course, has nothing to do with the politician. Likely no one in attendance will remember a single word uttered during the ceremonies.
The politician is there to lend import to the school (at the cost of a mere honorary degree and hopefully not at great length) and to the families also celebrating the end of tuition bills from that institution.
So, the politician must shine the light on graduates and their ecstatic families, while casually revealing something positive about himself, without appearing to hog the happy moment's spotlight.
To be honest, however, that happy spotlight is the only reason the politician is there, especially in places like, say, New Hampshire as the Republican primary season gets rolling.
Former ambassador to China and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman was at....