Jared Adam Gordon, a recent Binghamton University graduate, encouraged his fellow classmates at commencement last month to leave college with more questions than they arrived with.
"People told me college is where you go to get all the answers," Gordon declared. "Here we are, four years later, and I must admit something. I don't have all the answers. In fact I find myself, maybe like many of you, leaving with only more questions."
Rather than pointing to an idealistic future, Gordon spoke to the realities of both fear and failure. “Some of us will succeed. Some of us will fail." Gordon said. "I think that the majority of us will be that thing we call human and do both."
But Gordon said it's a good thing they're leaving college with more questions unanswered.
"Having questions is what inspires us to seek more, to learn more, to attain more, to be more," he said.
Although leaving college behind, Gordon expressed that education is the cornerstone of progress: "I have read enough textbooks to know that when you find all the answers at the back of the book, you're at the end of the book… We're not at the end of our book."
Watch Jared Adam Gordon's speech in the video above.
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