Just about a month from now I'm set adrift, with
a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars.
The tassel's worth the hassle!
Graduation is only a concept. In real life every
day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the
last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a
Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to
the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After
twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed.
At commencement you wear your square-shaped
mortarboards. My hope is that from time to time you will let your
minds be bold, and wear sombreros.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit
[I]t is clear the future holds great
opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid
the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six
"My Speech to the Graduates," Side Effects, 1980
The future lies before you
Like a field of driven snow,
Be careful how you tread it,
For every step will show.
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