Life is a series of starts not ends, Just like Graduation. Graduation is a new page in a new chapter of life’s book. It shouldn’t be mixed with goodbye emotions, but overwhelmed with positive energy, encouraging supportive words and concrete steps in the real life that help to envision the future.
Students leave their caring university community, professors’s wisdom, friends and colleagues to an extremely complex world. They have to deal with this world and facing challenges smartly and bravely in order to search for self rather than a job. This will need a continuous spark of curiosity, passion and non stop searching for a vision for the future, in addition to learning all the time -especially from mistakes- and work.
At graduation ceremonies students usually hear speeches with touching inspiration and precious advice. Tom Brokaw, the author of “The Greatest Generation”, for example, said: “You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. He knew that it is easy to get money and luxury life, but it is extremely difficult to change and make a difference.
Another advice by Ralph Emerson was:” Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where no path is and leave a trail.” So, if less crowded roads better than crowded ones, paving new roads is no doubt the best.
Some people who have experienced life, drew attention to secrets and ironies related to achieving success and bringing the needed change. Rob Siltanen is a good example when he said: “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the one who do.”
On the other hand, Henry ford told us: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off you goal”. While Eleanor Roosevelt saw: “The Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Others, such as the ironic writer Robert Orben highlighted a paradox when he said:” A graduation ceremony is an event the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that “individuality” is the key to success”.