I had the privilege of attending Eastern Washington University’s Class of 2010 Graduation in Cheney, Washington. I went to celebrate with my friends Brad and JD on their big day.
Congratulations to both JD and to Brad for all your efforts and for a job well done. You make me proud.
The weather was cold and threatening to rain and yet it was easier to sit on those bleachers for hours in the cold, as last year we were sitting in the sunshine and it was over 90’F by the conclusion. Most likely because of the weather the speakers were short and sweet and pulled out all the humor they could muster. It was a good event.
Governor Christine Gregoire was the Keynote Speaker. I had heard her on the campaign trail, as a lawyer and have heard her give many other speeches but I did not know that she was also so inspiring in her words. Many folks in the stands were positively commenting at the conclusion. Only a few grumblers from the other political party muttered – the speech was too good it overpowered those remarks.
Here are three of the powerful things she said after gathering everyone’s attention and getting some good laughter going to warm us all:
- 51% of the Students receiving diplomas today are the first recipients of a college diploma from their respective family trees. These students were doing a new thing and changing the limits of their families. There was a great deal of sacrifice by family members to help them accomplish this goal – so there is gratitude on each side that needs to be voiced and shared.
- To make your diploma even more valuable an asset, one has to expand their horizons and add creativity to this paper work. The student has learned how to think and problem –solve; they need to practice that by continuing to learn and grow every day and pass those talents onward – play it forward. Creativity is an added bonus that comes along when one keeps practicing those thinking skills. What the world needs now is the most creative thinkers we can muster, because the world’s problems are big and need creative/innovative solutions and powerful thinking to move us forward.
- That people need to keep in mind that we all must work to figure out how we can serve the earth and her residents, because the goal of life is to serve life. My Mother used to say: “Always leave a place a bit better than you found it.” Your talents are there to help you serve life.
I was inspired.
Then I thought what if I was invited to be the key note speaker for graduation at a University? What would I say?
Today I would say, THIS is the moment where Dorothy comes out of the turbulence and she and the house land at the start of the Yellow Brick Road. Your diploma is your sparkling magical shoes and your ability to think and problem-solve is your Good Witch Guidance. It is up to you to walk that road and encounter everything you can along the way until you finally get to OZ and reveal what is behind the curtain (or deep within you) that you carried with you all along. How will you do the journey? Partake of the process? It is the journey and the connections you make along the way which will enrich your life and assist you in getting home. This is only a beginning – you need to take all the steps and walk the road. What will be your style and progress? What will you want to leave behind?
Good Luck and Go Well.
If you were to give the keynote address to a University Graduation, what you want to say and have them remember?
Looking forward to your inspiring thoughts and ideas.
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