Formula for success… rise early, work hard and strike oil! – Unknown
At 7:00 pm, the Wichita Heights High School commencement ceremony will be held at Koch Arena on the Wichita State University Campus. While I doubt if anyone from the 2016 graduating class reads this blog (I’d be very surprised), I want to wish graduates everywhere the very best wishes and say God bless you as you move on with your life. 🙂
Here are just a few positive affirmations and blessings to take with you as you go out into the world to make your way.
There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises.” Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning. – Orrin Hatch
Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable. – Wendy Wasserstein
I was a Falcon at Heights – class of ’79! I know… I know – that’s a really LOOOOONG time ago. But some things never change. When I graduated it was so amazing because it felt like I had accomplished something important. So many people don’t get to finish school – I feel blessed to have that diploma (yes, it is discolored a bit now – LOL!)
Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. – Art Linkletter
One thing I will tell you is that you are not finished learning yet. You will never be finished learning, so keep an open mind when you enter the workplace. Even if you took every class in high school to prepare yourself for your chosen field, always respect and listen carefully to the folks who have worked in the field for years. No amount of classroom exposure can prepare you for the real life experience you will gain in the workplace.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. – Judy Garland
God made you an individual, unlike anyone else. Take your unique version of shine into the workplace with you. Others will appreciate your contribution and your good attitude. Don’t be the one who drags yourself in to work and starts complaining about everything from the moment you walk in the door. Nobody really wants to be there, but everyone wants to gravitate toward the person with the most shine in their aura, so to speak. Be the shiny one with the bright attitude and quick wit.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
You have been given one life by your Creator. Make the most of it whether it seems you are a success or a failure. It’s not easy to fail, but most of us have to learn lessons the hard way. It’s not getting knocked down that matters, but it’s not getting back up that matters. Don’t let life keep you down for long.
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. – Edmond Hillary
Once you have learned the basics of your chosen field, look for ways to improve or enhance it. I’m not necessarily suggesting that you find shortcuts, but if there is a better way to do something, speak up and let your ideas be heard. Just because doing things one way has been the status quo doesn’t mean it’s the only way to do it.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills
You are the key to the future. The class of ’79 is starting to retire now. We have worked hard and are ready to enjoy life and sleep in – lol. It’s your turn now. It’s time for you to find your wings and follow your dreams.
High expectations are the key to everything. – Sam Walton
I pray for you as you go out into the world to serve others. May God richly bless your life from this moment on. 🙂