Today I have been asked to speak about graduation past, present and future. My first graduation occurred when I finished kindergarten. This is often where we learn the most basic of principles. This is what I learned:
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Don't take things that are not yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Don't forget to flush.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life.
Learn some and think some, and draw, paint, sing, dance, play and work a little bit everyday.
Take a nap in the afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of the wonder of God's creation.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The golden rule and love, and basic sanitation, ecology, and politics and sane living. Think of what a better world it would be if we all decided to take a nap at 3:00 every afternoon and then laid down with our blanket. Or if we had a basic policy for our nations to always put things back where we found them, to keep our hands to ourselves and to clean up our own messes. And it is still true that no matter how old we are, when we go into the world, it is better to hold hands and stick together.
It is hard to believe that today is my college graduation. It has been a long journey. My husband Jean and children Sammy and Hanna have made my education a family priority. Classmates Tammy Kheradmand, Dwight Franklin and Scott Napier supported me when I was challenged. My Uncle Lee helped me through accounting. Professor Jim Callan and Dr. Steve Altabef provided me with inspiration. My parents encouraged me. I am fortunate to have many family members and friends here today who helped me in some way. So you see, I did not get to this place on my own. It was the combined effort of many. Universal provided a program...