I suppose one way to get through college free in this day and age, is to study law and after graduating, sue the college, win and get your tuition back. The fact is, most students leave college with a heavy debt hanging over them, they need to get a job in a market that’s saturated, they can’t afford to live away from their parent’s home, and they’re having second thoughts about their course for the future. That is reality and after all the accolades, trophies, scholarships and awards, the future will always hold something for us to learn.
With each graduation, we’re always interested in where the graduate will go from here. In years to come, they may still be in school, living with their parents, searching for work, or thriving in the career of their choice. The future is so uncertain, we can look forward to it with optimism or simply settle for the status quo.
When we look at the definition of “commencement” we discover that it has to do with new beginnings – a fresh start – looking ahead. Every time we progress from one stage to another, we’re starting over. We challenge ourselves to go a step further, to pursue the unknown, to take chances. Every day is an opportunity for us to do this.
“Education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. … We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We never really graduate, because each day brings a new learning experience. The key to turning knowledge into success comes with how you use your life to change the world. Not every graduate will do that, but what a motivator. If, when you graduated, someone told you that you had the ability to make a difference in today’s corrupt world, wouldn’t that be inspirational?
We continue to travel through our lives until death comes and with it the end of our education. If we choose to live life without purpose or goals, we’ll soon wither away and that final lesson may come sooner than we expect. With each step of our education, we should carry what we’ve learned to the next level – always doing so with intelligence along with character.