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Messages from the Masters: Some Wisdom from Famous Commencement Speeches for Our Lastest Grads

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fall river graduatoinStudents at Fall River campus donned caps and gowns at conclusion of training

You couldn’t stop the smiles in auditorium of Durfee High School on April 17th.

Students in the professional medical assistant, health claims specialist, and massage therapy training programs at Salter’s Fall River campus happily took a big step in life – up to the podium to receive their graduation certificates.

While the sea of blue caps and gowns represented the cohesiveness of this latest batch of Salter grads, it’s important to remember that under each mortar board sat a student with a story all his or her own. For some people, the school journey was seamless. Others may have had to juggle school with other responsibilities, such as work or children. Some may have even questioned if they’d be able to stick it out for the length of the program.

Now, going forward, it’s up to each Salter grad to continue to create their own life narratives.

In the spirit of starting them off on the right foot, here are some inspirational sentiments from famous graduation speeches. We hope they inspire our graduates, students, and perspective students to find their wings and soar!

Mary Schmich, Columnist for Chicago Tribune:
Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine."

Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach for America:
I often hear from new graduates that it's better to wait until you have more experience ... but I'm a big believer in the power of inexperience. It was the greatest asset I had when I started Teach for America. If I had known at the outset how hard it was going to be, I might never have started. The world needs you before you stop asking naïve questions and while you have the time to understand the true nature of the complex problems we face and take them on.

Steve Jobs, Cofounder of Apple/Visionary:
You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

J.K. Rowling, Author:
You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable ... Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations. Failure taught me things about myself that I could have learned no other way. I discovered that I had a strong will, and more discipline than I had suspected ... The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.

George Saunders, Writer
Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial. That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality — your soul, if you will — is as bright and shining as any that has ever been. Bright as Shakespeare’s, bright as Gandhi’s, bright as Mother Teresa’s. Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.

Aaron Sorkin, Screenwriter/Producer/Playwrite:
Decisions are made by those who show up … Don't ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day: civility, respect, kindness, character … You’re too good for gossip and snark, you’re too good for intolerance … and it’s worth mentioning that you’re too good to think people who disagree with you are your enemy … Don’t ever forget that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world. It’s the only thing that ever has.

Michelle Obama, First Lady:

The truth is that there will always be folks out there who make assumptions about others. There will always be folks who try to raise themselves up by cutting other people down. That happens to everyone, including me, throughout their lives. But when that happens to you all, here’s what I want you to do: I want you to just stop a minute, take a deep breath — because it’s going to need to be deep — and I want you to think about all those women who came before you.”

Best of luck, Salter grads! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

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