A College Graduation Speech, Sort of, But Not

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My oldest daughter will graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology on Saturday!!

I am one proud mama!

During the ceremony, speeches will echo out across a sea of caps and gowns. Most of what’s said will skip about the room with a low absorption rate. Most members of the audience will focus on one person in the room, their graduate.

It’s a shame there isn’t a way to personalize such a momentous occasion. To hear from each graduate about the circuitous path they followed to arrive at graduation would take weeks, or months, but oh the stories! To get a taste of the audience members perspective of that path would add a dimension never dreamed of before.

To share some small fraction of lessons learned in and out of the classroom while on that path would fill libraries.

I intended to dispense advice in my own little version of a graduation speech for my daughter. After all, I gave a graduation speech at my high school graduation eons ago.

But then, I thought of my daughter and her path to this point in her journey. She’s taught me more than I ever taught her. I’m certain of it.

She arrived in this world already confident and brave and friendly.

Now she is also: A world traveler. Caring. Smart. Beautiful. Open-minded, open-hearted. Anticipatory. Relaxed. Brave, adventurous, fun. Prepared. Strong. Kind. Willful. Opinionated. Easy going.  Friendly.  Wise.

What’s next? Graduate school? Maybe. A career? Maybe. She’s taking the summer to mull it over and relax. It’s been a long winding road.

My Advice? 

  • Be yourself.
  • Trust your feelings.
  • Remember you are loved.
  • Keep your eyes open.
  • Enjoy.
  • Love.
  • Give.

That’s about it. No speech from me.

She has what she needs, she’ll get where she’s going with style and grace and a smile on her face.

Oh, one last thing:

  • Keep in touch with your mom.

That’s all.

I love you my sweet girl!

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Hooray for you!! (Photo credit: ADoseofShipBoy)

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3 thoughts on “A College Graduation Speech, Sort of, But Not

  1. Leanne

    CONGRATULATIONS JENN!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!! I love this!!! And I didn’t know you spoke at your graduation, Mom!!!!

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  2. This is truly terrific, Kami. Firstly, a huge congratulations to you and your daughter. A massive accomplishment and such an incredibly worthy one.
    And secondly, your words are so timely in that I am in the middle of writing my daughter a congratulations/bon voyage card before she zips off to backpack Europe for the next 6 weeks. I think your words have given me so much inspiration and will help me to focus on the things I’d like to say to her. Beautiful work!

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