If NBC comedy shows are any indication, Cornell’s status as Ivy League whipping boy is pretty solidly cemented. Take last night’s 30 Rock for example: Tracy Jordan — riding high off an Oscar win for some thinly veiled Precious parody — declines to speak at Cornell’s commencement because he doesn’t do safety schools, thankyouverymuch.
Fun fact: Cornell doesn’t actually invite famous people to do its commencement speech. That honor always goes to the University president, while notable figures are relegated to the convocation — just one of many reasons why Cornell never gets anybody cool to speak at graduation. (Sorry, but Nancy Pelosi reciting her congressional report card doesn’t count.)
The bit starts around the 12-minute mark: