Class of 2013 (5/20/13)

 Good morning Class of 2013. I have a few parting words of wisdom. For just a moment, take a look around and see the powerful support system you have in your lives. Take a look at the sacrifice, love, care, and encouragement that has been given to you by those in the audience today. Now, look at each other. You’ve spent the last four years of your lives experiencing the ups and downs, successes and failures, joys and sorrows with the people sitting next to you. Cherish those moments. As you recess from this wonderful experience, here are a few reminders: 


Remember to say “please” and “thank you.”

Gentlemen, open the doors for women and the elderly.

Ladies, be a lady… at all times.

Leave things better than the way you found them.

Stay current with events in your community and the world by reading.

Learn something new…. every day.

Forgive others and forgive yourself… often.

At times you will fail, but “no failure is ever fatal and no success is ever final.”

You are always being interviewed. Be mindful of what you say, how you dress, and how you treat others. You never know who is watching or listening.

“Pause before you post.” What you post on Facebook, Twitter, or other social sites is always public.

Take advantage of the technology that is at your disposal, but the best form of communication is voice to voice or face to face.

Take some time to unplug and connect with those closest to you.

Take advantage of each day you are given, for life is truly a gift. 

Make it a great life…. or not. The choice is yours. Thank you!