Whether high school was five years ago or 50, you’ve most likely heard at least one graduation speech in your life.
Your class valedictorian probably delivered a good one. Addresses from peers tend to be more relatable than those delivered by adults – and are often infused with humor and references that only fellow students can fully appreciate.
You may have had a commencement speaker as well. But you may not remember who they were, let alone what they said.
Odds are pretty good that you were too excited about graduating to pay close attention to what anyone was saying, really. You were looking forward to that moment when everyone would throw their mortarboards in the air (and to the celebrating that would take place after the ceremony was over).
You were also thinking about the future. The next step may have been college or a job, the military or a “gap year” travel adventure. Whatever your plans, they were going to be a lot different from high school.
This time of year, graduation advice abounds, whether it’s coming from a valedictorian, a celebrity guest speaker, or a relative. Some is practical. Some is cautionary. And some is just plain inspirational. We’ve gathered some of our favorite words of guidance for you – or for any recent graduates you may know.