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June 13, 2008




This is much better than the address given at my high school graduation and on par with that given at my graduation from Texas A&M (WHOOP!).


Good way to get them to realize that for better or for worse they are now creating the people they will be. I hope they were listening and thinking of changing if they didn't like what they saw.

Great ending line for a commencement speech too.


Excellent. I'm 51 and I got something out of that!


Good job. Better than a Princeton Commencement Speech I heard last year. (Technically, it was a graduation week speech, but still.)

That speech was all about politics and dirty humor and such. This speech was good. Challenging them to live their faiths, now. I like the bridge-builder analogy, too.

"To put it another way, now is when you start building the bridges you need to cross in ten years. If you aren’t building bridges now, they won’t be there for you when you need them."

Good job.

The Sheepcat


Gene Branaman

I've often thought that I need a yearly commencement speech given to me, to motivate me, to help keep me on the path I want to be on, the path God wants me to be on, following His will. More often than not, I tend to find those speeches in unusual forms. It could be (& quite often is) a passage from the Bible, a movie, a book, etc. Right now, it's this speech. Thanks! You just have no idea how much I needed to hear the last 3 paragraphs right now!

Excellent, thank you!


Steve, that was awesome. I am touched. Way to pull it all together at the end with a memorable soundbyte too.

I'm going to save that and read it to my kids when they graduate 8th grade, and when they graduate high school, and college.

Thank you for sharing the whole text with us. Can you give permission for other people to plagiarize that for their commencement speeches?

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