A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success.
Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.
Harry taught me that death isn't the end, it's the beginning.
Openness isn't the end. It's the beginning.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.
Those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.
Just about a month from now I'm set adrift, with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars.
There is a good reason they call these ceremonies 'commencement exercises'. Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning.
A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.
Do not follow where the path may lead.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value. Look around at how people want to get more out of life than they put in. A man of value will give more than he receives. Be creative, but make sure that what you create is not a curse for mankind.
To be nobody-but-yourself - in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.