Today, at 9:30 a.m., I graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree. Sitting in the convocation hall waiting for the procession to begin and listening to the musical prelude was surreal. I cannot believe that four years have flown by so fast. I have so many great memories, great friends, have been inspired by wonderful professors who have been my mentors over the years, have had the love and support from family and friends and have graduated from the University that I love.
Our valedictorian wrote an inspirational (and funny!) speech, beginning with the line...
"A good speech is like a miniskirt. Short enough to keep it interesting, but long enough to cover the essentials...." You just know that when a speech begins like that, it is sure to be a success.
But, I think the great Dr. Suess wrote it best:
"Congratulations! Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself 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.
You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know.
You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that
Life's a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
So...be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Brayor Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea, you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!
Class of 2007, congratulations!
Mum, Dad, Alex, Ben and Jax - Thank you for your constant love, inspiration, support and guidance.
I love you.