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Another graduation ceremony is upon us, signaling the end of the school year and the beginning of another summer vacation. The grand cycle of the academic calendar continues, coming to a stately close after a hectic few months.
I never anticipated being asked to speak at graduation, and I long doubted I ever would. I still have not—lest the last sentence come across as misleading—but after delivering the baccalaureate sermon this past Sunday, I suspect the odds of being asked to speak at commencement at some future date has increased, even if only slightly. What was hovering at around 1% might be up to 5% right now, but I possess no special insights into the vagaries of my administrations hive mind.
Regardless, if I did get to speak before our graduating seniors, I’d offer up some of my dubious wisdom, such as it is. The first time I wrote on this topic I offered mostly financial advice; last year, after experiencing the effects of The Age of The Virus, I revised my wisdom to include more spiritual concerns.
This year, my advice is a grab-bag of plainspoken wisdom—take it or leave it.
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