I have attended a lot of graduations both as an educator and from personal experiences. I can only remember the message from one speaker. Really that was just one fragment of the speech: “Life after graduation can be tough. Making it to graduation proves that you have the ability endure.”
Making it to graduation is a major accomplishment. Getting an education is not only about learning content and attending classes. Hopefully along the way you have learned transferable skills and valuable lessons.
Making it to graduation means that you know how set and achieve your goals. It is great to have a plan for you life but it is also important to have a road map as well. You need to know your final destination and the best path to reach it,
Remember that life isn’t always going to be easy. There will be rough days and seasons. Making it to graduation means that you how to endure when things get tough. You will be encounter adversity in life. This accomplishment can be a landmark things get tough. Also remember there are rewards for sticking it out. Jackie Robinson was the first African American Player to play in the MLB. He faced many obstacles but he endured. He maybe one of the greatest players. Not only was he elected to the Hall of fame but he is the only player to have his number retired by the entire league.
Getting a degree widens you job prospects. I once had an employer tell me he only hired people with degrees. That proved the individual has the ability to stick with a task.
Making it to graduation means you know how to learn. In the real world it is often important to be able to figure things out for yourself. As my mom says “If you can read you can do anything.”
As a computer teacher I spent a lot of time teaching students to think and solve problems not just software.
Hopefully you have learned how to dream. Do you take life as it comes or do you take charge? Need more than just a big idea but you also need a practical plan. What steps are you going to take to accomplish your dream. Even when life takes you on detours always have a dream.
So you have you graduated, now what? A diploma can open doors or it can just be wall art. Graduation from an elite school doesn’t ensure success. After graduation it is what you do with the knowledge that counts.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…Theodor Seuss Geisel