Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Best Graduation Address

Amen on this. Bill McGurn said this at Benedictine College:

"...And whatever their field of endeavor, I believe all would agree with me about three propositions that are easily forgotten and only painfully re-learned.

First, who you marry is far more important than what career you choose. Over the course of a life that has taken me across three continents, I have met many accomplished men and women. And I have always been astonished by the number who give more thought to choosing the job they may hold for a couple of years than to choosing the spouse to whom they will pledge – before God and their friends – to remain with until death they do part.

Second, no professional achievement – no matter how extraordinary – can match the thrill of seeing the absolute love and confidence reflected in the trusting eyes of a child who calls you Mom or Dad.

Finally, you will not find lasting happiness by pursuing it. Happiness is the byproduct of a contented life. And the surest path to a contented life is to put the needs of others before your own."

Truer words are not to be found. I suggest we all email these words to our schools and ask that they be given to each graduate.

UPDATE: Here's the text of the full speech.

H/T Peter Robinson in The Corner

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