Advice to Graduates

Yesterday as I traveled through our small town I saw a multitude of graduates, in caps and gowns, gathered with family and friends taking group pictures, selfies and generally congratulating each other for having survived four years of “education.”  The university in our area is part of the SUNY system – State University of New York at _________________, fill in location blank as there a multitude of SUNY’s across NY. In fact it is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States.

Today, the bittersweet vision of U-hauls filled with the possessions of our temporary residents were scattered all about town. These graduates full of hope and promise in anticipation of the real start of their lives.

To salute these graduates I share an article that was in the Spring issue of Our USA Magazine. Bill Watterson who gave this speech in 1995 at Kenyon College, concluded it by echoing Rilke: “Your preparation for the real world is not in the answers you’ve learned, but in the questions you’ve learned how to ask yourself.” (Click on images to enlarge).

Advice to Graduates #1

Advice to Graduates #2

This is from a speech delivered at a commencement at Kenyon college in 1995, by artist Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin & Hobbs. The cartoon is actually a tribute by cartoonist Gavin Aung Than.

Help give Americans a fair shot at getting out from under the burden of student loan debt.”

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