Advice to grads: Words to live by
Smile. Read. Be skillful. Be kind. We invited community leaders —
and some distinguished alumni of Lodi schools — to offer their
advice for local graduates. We found the suggestions thoughtful and
sometimes surprising. We hope you enjoy these special insights,
Over the years, I have had the privilege of listening to many meaningful graduation speeches. These speeches stirred the emotions and challenged the graduate to seek the greater good, climb the higher mountain, discover the ultimate cure for all cancers, or become the next U.S. President.
Graduating from high school is an educational milestone. Congratulations. To be successful in life you must be educated, and you must be a hard worker.
Knowledge has been a key to wealth and prosperity for centuries. That is true today to some extent. Google and Facebook, for example, are amassing large aggregates of proprietary data to bolster their corporate wealth.
When I graduated, my father gave me the best advice I’ve ever had. Dad said: “You’ll get your chances. Be ready for them.”
During the graduation season, advice is free and plentiful. Parents, friends, valedictorians, key note speakers, everyone is dispensing free advice.
Congratulations, 2013 graduates! We wish you every success as you move your life ahead, and praise the efforts that brought you to this day. You now leave the shelter of school and the boundaries you have known, and ready yourself to explore the BIG world!
This is a slightly condensed version of a keynote speech delivered by Annette Murdaca to graduates of St. Anne’s School in Lodi a few years ago.
Little did I know at age 16, as I was picking grapes in Lodi to put myself through school, that I would one day be mayor of this extraordinary city. Through the years, I have learned four important life lessons.
You’ll find nothing here about the value of friends and family, the need to follow your dreams, or the importance of maintaining hope in the face of repeated failure (although as a Detroit Lions fan I am particularly well suited to expand on the finer points associated with this last-named virtue). You’ve heard all that before. Here, rather, are three pieces of advice that have worked for me.