Beverly Hillbilly Jed Clampett would reckon to commence something everyday. But for those who don’t use language like “cee-ment pond,” commencement is linked typically to the milestone of graduation. And there’s a lot of that going around my circle of family and friends.
My gal-pal Ruth’s daughter graduates tomorrow from Boston University. Next Sunday I’ll be one proud and happy parent watching my son’s commencement ceremony at Wesleyan University. And the weekend after that my niece will receive her high school diploma in Austin, Texas. So it’s time to party! To celebrate academic accomplishments and feel excitement about a future filled with all they imagine for themselves.
Some mighty wisdom is shared in commencement speeches. There’s Steve Jobs’ address to the 2005 graduating class at Standford. Or the not-really-written-by-Kurt-Vonnegut “wear sunscreen” speech that went viral in May 1997.
But I have to confess that my three most memorable pieces of advice come from a favorite educator, the fictional Miss Frizzle, of Magic School Bus fame, who said “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy.”
Have fun class of 2012!
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