I saw my brother graduate from the Evans School at University of Washington yesterday. He has a double Masters Degree in Social Work and Public Administration. Good thing he is working on a farm for the next six months! He will have the education to do something with his experience.
You can follow his thoughts and musing here:
Governor Chris Gregoire was the Commencement speaker. She gave a great speech; personal yet poignant.
She gave the graduates five distinct lessons and backed each one up with a personal example from her experience.
1. Your path is never straight.
2. Don’t be afraid to take risks.
3. Find and rely on Mentors. Work for good people and they will make you a better person.
4. Stay true to your values.
5. You better be humble.
She gave advice on leading as a servant. It allows you to listen, have empathy, make the right decisions and get things done.
I was happy to hear her also encourage everyone in the room to never stop learning. I have always appreciated that concept.
So, congratulations to all of the 2012 class. Its a big old world, now filled with that many more highly educated, inspired and focused minds. Let’s make the most of it!