The remarkable truth about each unique stage of life is that it's really not about what you leave behind at all; it's about what you take with you.
Today, we celebrate your bleak future, where you will be forced to make your own decisions, cook your own food and fold your own laundry. The medical bills you incur will now be sent in your name, and the monthly rent check will emerge from your pocket.
These skills need to be fostered in this year's graduates and those that follow in the years to come if they are to successfully take on and conquer the challenges before them and those that will arise.
Do we stop being parents just because our children no longer live under our roof? I'm over 50 and my parents still see me as their child, but do they still really think of themselves as my parent in the true sense of the word?
Grace Experience, thank you. Thank you for being you. We are so grateful for the heaping dollops of happiness you have brought into our lives every single day. And we are so proud of the beautiful woman you have become, inside and out.
1. Take a limited time off. Sleep, drive around, meet with old friends. Decompress before you face the next reality: Life.
We are the community of Communities In Schools. We live all across the country, we are young and not-so-young, we are teachers, business leaders, parents, grandparents, friends, and, most of all, we are proud of you.
Our Harvard degrees matter, yes, but for reasons I feel are under-emphasized. It is true that some employers, neighbors, and people sitting next to us on airplanes react strongly to "the H-bomb," as it has so affectionately been called.
Today's graduate, just like the rest of us, faces an uncharted world. Creativity, not conformity, is the new security. Booyah.
He may not be known for his oratorical/linguistic skills, but as commencement speakers go, Joe Biden did himself proud at the U.S. Naval Academy's recent graduation and commissioning ceremonies.
I have written and spoken many times about the fiduciary responsibilities that we have as adults today. We are "trustees" of our children. We must protect and safeguard them so that more young Victor Casillas Valles can graduate from USF and other colleges and universities throughout the United States. Loving and protecting our children is the greatest love of all.
I am not on top of the Washington Square Arch, but if you'll bear with me, I have a proclamation: Let today be the last day we joke that we are stupid or crazy. It's not clever to pretend we hate what we love, and it wasn't wrong study it.
"What are you doing for Mother's Day?" a coworker asks, while absentmindedly I move and move again objects in front of me on the counter. I feel lava run through my ear cartilage and consider carefully each potential response.
Your head is probably filled with advice -- those oh-so-helpful tips from parents, professors, friends and anyone else who finds out you'll be released into the big blue yonder soon. We're here to tell you that most of that advice is just, well, crap.
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Graduating from high school and heading off to college is a major milestone, irrefutable proof of their growing independence. The music swells along with our hearts. Our love for them and our hope for their future defies words. So we cry.