If I gave the commencement speech at my graduation, this is how I would start: We are all here because we spent 4 years, give or take, attending classes, studying, attending club meetings, and spending time with friends. We’ve studied biochemistry, psychology, political science, Italian, business marketing, musical theory, performance, computer science, film all leading up to this ceremony. Now we get to the important part. We have spent years working to have productive and fulfilling futures. This is the beginning of those futures.

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