Updated on May 15, 2012. Here is another link to short goofy moments at Commencement speeches: Gotta Watch: Best commencement speeches.
On one of the news sites I ran into a link to 12 Great Graduation Quotes . Those graduation speeches are always aimed at 20-somethings college grads who have their whole life ahead. I am kind of late to that train, but still many of those quotes are universally aspirational.
My favorite one from the link above is “… Stay hungry. Stay foolish”, by Steve Jobs. Of course it may indeed sound foolish taken out of context, but this is an incentive for you to follow the link and read the whole quote. For me personally, the idea of “being hungry” was the one that lead me to pursue the MBA in the first place. So I can relate to it.
After reading those quotes I googled around for more graduation quotes. Many of them are recycled on multiple sites, but I will post here a few links to get an inspiration boost, that is if you need one.
Here are a few graduation quotes that mused me most:
It is indeed ironic that we spend our school days yearning to graduate and our remaining days waxing nostalgic about our school days. ~Isabel Waxman. This one is so true. If you had a chance to follow this blog for a while, you read quite a few lamentations related to the “hardships” of the MBA program in business school. And then in my last post MBA- Happened, I already started spiraling down the vicious circle of self-pity and nostalgia. More quotes here.
A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success. – Robert Orben. This one is good too. I will actually have to experience this in person next week by going to two Commencement ceremonies, one for GWSB, and the other for the whole GWU. Will post a picture. More quotes here.
A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. – Theodore Roosevelt. This one I like because it was the one closest related to MBA graduates.