Texas Tech University.

Volume 4, Number 2; September 2012

All Things Texas Tech

Life's a Buffet: Choose Wisely, Eat Well


Mark Lanier

About the Author

W. Mark Lanier is the founder of The Lanier Law Firm with offices in Houston, New York City, Los Angeles, and Palo Alto, California. He is a 1984 JD graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Law and was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Law in 2005.

This paper is based on W. Mark Lanier's May 18, 2012, commencement addresses to Texas Tech University graduates in Lubbock, TX.

Written by W. Mark Lanier

What a wonderful night, congratulations to you. I get to address some fantastic people. The degree you're getting tonight is a degree that you not only take with pride tonight, but it's a degree you take with pride the rest of your life. This is a hinge event, a turning event, a corner you turn tonight.

And as I address you, I'm cognizant of the fact that it's 7:30 or so at night. It's dinnertime, so I want to urge you, at this moment, to consider the life before you as an all-you-can-eat buffet. You've got your tray, and you're scoping out the line. You see the little cubes of Jell-O and the salad. You see all the veggies and mashed potatoes. You know there's meat somewhere down there, and at the end there's going to be coconut cream pie. And you've got to decide―how am I going to attack this buffet? I think if I could give you anything at all, if your life is truly a buffet and my analogy holds, then I'm going to suggest the ten rules of buffets à la Mark Lanier. If I'm with you, and we're eating at the buffet, here are the rules we are going to follow:

Summarizing, my admonishment to you is this: Life's a buffet. The food is set out, and the buffet is all before you. I trust that you are hungry. And, I trust that you are ready. And, I urge you to go feast for the rest of your life. God bless you and congratulations!


Editor's Note

In the Provost's Charge to the TTU graduates on May 18, 2012, the new TTU alumni were admonished to: