In every startup I did, every new course I created, and everything I've taught, the phrase "make every day count" took on new meaning when I knew how many were left. So how do you live a life making the most of each day?
Despite today's many challenges in higher education--in the world for that matter--I know I can count on the feel-good energy that comes from the sentiment served up at graduation. Even a reporter told me, amid the clapping and cheering, "SVC's Commencement is my favorite." Somehow, I feel that we are all the better for it, because it reminds us of what we're here for.
Every graduation season, parents, professors and commencement speakers shower graduates with pearls of wisdom about life after school. The same "inspirational messages" get recycled and repeated. Unfortunately, much of the advice that is meant to be uplifting is downright terrible.
When your intentions to make positive social change meet inevitable obstacles, don't just wait. Jaywalk if you can; break a window if you must; pick a lock.
How good it is to watch all of you ready to graduate tomorrow. I bring you greetings from my faculty colleagues and congratulations on your hard work during your studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
The mark of true citizenship is importantly defined by how well you engage with, and relate to each other. It's about our obligations, service, and fidelity to one another.
So many of us love the start of a new beginning. And so many more covet the end of a successful accomplishment. And so it was this shining Saturday...
This past weekend, I had the honor and privilege of being the commencement speaker at my alma mater, Trinity University. The invitation came from our new university president last October and was one of the most artfully-worded requests I've ever received.
Maybe I'm overdoing -- one is heading to university only 35 minutes from home, the other will be two hours away. We'll visit, call, text. There won't be an ocean between us. How on earth did Ellis Islanders manage?
When the challenges come, I hope you remember that anchored deep within you is the ability to learn and grow. You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it.
It's graduation season. Sometime, hopefully before the end of the previous fall semester, those colleges and universities seeking a commencement speak...
As thousands of graduates march down to strains of "Pomp and Circumstance," they will bid goodbye to teachers, peers, term papers and what I call the "proscribed" phase of their lives.
It takes a great deal of patience and hard work. Don't expect anything to be handed to you along the way - that's the first lesson you should learn quickly. If you're willing to buckle down and if you want something bad enough, you can definitely make it happen.
On Monday, May 9, Teach For America founder and Teach For All CEO Wendy Kopp gave the c...
Prayer is a form of conversation with the Divine. We can lift up our hopes and dreams, sorrows and concerns, thanksgivings and misgivings, and be heard.