“Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave a somber and intensely personal commencement speech at Stanford on Sunday,” Tanya Schevitz reports for The San Francisco Chronicle.

“Death is very likely the single best invention of life,” he said. “It’s life’s change agent, it clears out the old to make way for the new. “Right now, the new is you. But someday, not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away,” he warned the 5,000 graduating students. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

“The speech, in which Jobs also talked about falsely learning he had three to six months to live before his pancreatic cancer killed him, was at first too morbid even for electrical engineering graduate Vishal Dhandhia, who wore a huge skull mask topped with a mortarboard during the ceremony,” Schevitz reports. “‘At Stanford, we are used to humor,’ said Dhandhia, 21. ‘So to listen to a dry speech like that wasn’t so fun. But the messages were good.’”

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