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"Monty Python" Star Gives Commencement to Whitman Grads

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WALLA WALLA, Wash, - English entertainer and former Monty Python member Eric Idle delivered the commencement speech Sunday at Whitman College in Walla Walla.

His daughter Lily was among the 375 graduates.

The college also gave Idle an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree.

Idle called his speech "There's no time like the pleasant."

It also included a poem: "Life has a very simple plot. First you're here, and then you're not. So remember, life is very short, and life can be very pleasant, so do enjoy it."

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