Today another flock of my little birds officially leave the nest and fly away to new adventures. While I understand that was always the goal, I can’t help but be a little sad each time another group of my students leave to pursue the next chapter of their lives. I miss them when they fly away.
But as Orrin Hatch said, “There is a good reason they call these ceremonies commencement exercises. Graduation is not the end, it’s the beginning.”
And so today they move on to their lives beyond college – to the limitless potential of their tomorrows. I don’t know when I will see them again, but I send them away with the hope that they will always remember and live by one rule in life as set forth by the artist Leigh Standley below.
Congratulations to my former students who graduate today. To them I say – fly high and far…indeed, I expect you to soar. I will be watching your ascent from here and cheering you on. And know that even though you leave this nest, I will long remember that you were here and you will remain part of the fabric that is our NDSU EM family.
Now get out of here and make us proud!
Day eight hundred and ninety-three of the new forty – obla di obla da