Top ten things you won’t hear at commencement

Ever since Pebbles and Bam Bam graduated from Bedrock High, commencement speakers have been telling the crowd of cap and gowns to work for world peace, follow its dreams, and always wear clean underwear in case of an accident.

So cue “Pomp and Happenstance,” here are the top ten things I’ve learned since I wore a black bathrobe and silly hat. [Continue reading].

A wish for grads

I wish you faith

For my daughter, Faith’s, high school graduation, I wrote these lyrics for the junior show choir to sing to the seniors. This is my wish for you if you’re graduating.

I wish you truth for your decisions,
I wish you doubts to make you sure,
I wish you fear to give you caution,
I wish you courage to keep you pure,
But beyond these hopes and wishes,
one prayer soars high above,
I wish for you my graduate
faith and hope and love.

I wish defeats to make you humble,
I wish success to let you soar,
I wish you tears to make you tender,
I wish you joy and so much more.
For beyond these hopes and wishes,
one prayer soars high above,
I wish for you my graduate
faith and hope and love.

So as you stand and face tomorrow,
When life gets rough and tough,
There’s someone who believes in you
with faith and hope and love.

So I wish for you my graduate
faith and hope and love.

Copyright © 1996 James N. Watkins

Quips and quotations for commencement

Be yourself, because everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

It seems to us that the most important work in the world is the work which is visible, which we can see: building a house, plowing the land, feeding cattle, gathering fruits; and that the work which is invisible, the work done by our soul, is not important. But our invisible work at the improvement of our soul is the most important work in the world, and all other visible kinds of work are useful only when we do this major work. Leo Tolstoy

Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity, and power is a false identity—an illusion! Loudly and clearly he says: “You are not what the world makes you; but you are children of God.” Henri Nouwen

The impact that God has planned for us does not occur when we are pursuing impact. It occurs when we are pursuing God. Phil Vischer

Are you trying to make a living, make a difference, or leave a legacy? Seth Godin

If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.Betty Reese

Read more quotations of hope and humor at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.

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