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On Graduation Day: Some Words for Our Fall 2013 Graduates

Posted by on December 14, 2013

Photo by University Photography

Photo by University Photography

We’re so happy to congratulate many of you on your graduation day today! From those of us you leave behind – faculty, staff, students, friends – we all wish you the best, and hope you will never become strangers to Cherry Hall.

Below you’ll find some inspiring words from some very familiar sources (I wish I could take credit for creating this list, but I actually found it on and rearranged it a bit). I thought it was perfect for the occasion. Congratulations again, and best of luck to you all!


“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats


“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”   – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Personal Development:

“Do not worry if you have built castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau


“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” – William Shakespeare


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.– Dr. Seuss

Staying Positive:

“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” – Benjamin Franklin


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” – Marianne Williamson

Finding Yourself:

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – E.E. Cummings


“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”  – Albert Einstein

Celebrating Achievements:

“Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


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