Half the patients wasted self prior to Commencement
People enter the workforce, sell out, or make some other life mistake before graduating.
“Wasted self” might be a reference to either burning out, or suicide (to “waste”, i.e. kill).
Also, “Commencement” might be a sly reference to his song “Commencement At The Obedience Academy”
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