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Graduation advice

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Since its the time of month when many young people will soon graduate from college, I was wondering what the best advice you heard at your graduation from the speaker or from friends or family.

My graduate speaker was disappointing. He was a very rich donor to the school, whose speech I remember nothing today.
 

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We had Robert Rubin, former secreatary of the treasury. He said (and I think he was quoting someone else):

"Luck is when preparation meets opportunity."

I never forgot it.
 

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Since its the time of month when many young people will soon graduate from college, I was wondering what the best advice you heard at your graduation from the speaker or from friends or family. My graduate speaker was disappointing. He was a very rich donor to the school, whose speech I remember nothing today.
Isn't it a shame when that happens? Doesn't make you feel predisposed to heading out into the real world, when the real world can't say anything worth holding on to. We had the head of the NAACP (many years ago). I'm not prejudiced in any way, but this man simply recited the history of the organization. Spent the whole time with chronology I could have read in a book. No enlightenment, no inspiration. Just facts. What do speakers THINK grads want to hear? Something to help them move on, move forward. Something to take all that education they've amassed, and shape it. Sigh.
 

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Carly Fiorina

At first the student body collectively groaned.  Who is that?  Our president is selling out?  Who wants to listen to a "Captain of Industry" in this bleack economy (c/o 01)?  Surprsingly, Carly gave one of the best grad speeches I've ever heard--there was a lot to be said about overcoming adversity and the challenges that awaited our class in the working world... all of this recited 3 months before 9/11.

Good stuff.  Bill Bradley was the senior day speaker--just the right guy.  His speech was entertaining and balanced the "no more kid gloves" pep talk that followed...
 

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