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What Would You Tell the Class of 2012?

A Patch blogger is working on the alumni address for this weekend's spring commencement at Oakland University.

Watching my wife's face turn pale was priceless. She really hates speaking in public.  I on the other hand actually enjoy it.  A few weeks ago I received an email asking if I would give the Alumni Address on behalf of the Oakland University Alumni Association at OU's Spring Commencement this Saturday.  I can't even begin to describe how honored I am to have this opportunity, let alone the borderline-manic excitement of speaking to that many people.

I've been pouring over my speech for some time now, trying to find the words that would make the most impact or at the very least not come accross as antiquated relics that fall on nearly-spent attention spans.  After all, the Alumni Address is the last on the schedule ... the one thing keeping graduates from their families and freedom.

So what would you say?  What pearl of wisdom do you think college graduates would find the most valuable?

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Patricia April 26, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Everything we say or do as an effect on someone or something. We effect change by our words and our actions. Think of the power that we have to make our world, what we touch better. Ask yourself, what effect will this have on others or the environment, then ask yourself, is this the effect I want: the good, the better, the best? Then act or speak accordingly. Effects ripple like a good deed touching other lives. Think of your effect and live to a future knowing that what you say, what you do will effect others and the world we live in. Effect change for the best by your words and by your actions. Always leave "better" in your footsteps as you travel through life. God Bless you, keep you safe and may you never loose sight--
patricia ozybko April 26, 2012 at 07:54 PM
"Be kind to one another and lend a hand to someone in need; never know when you might be the recipient ,"
Nancy April 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Help get the charter in Rochester Hills changed so nuts like McMillin or The E Man won't be Mayor.
Rob Ray April 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I'm probably going to steer clear of politics in my speech...
Rob Ray April 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Is there a movie reference here?
Kristin Bull (Editor) April 27, 2012 at 04:01 AM
You'll do great, Rob. Post a link to the YouTube video after the ceremony!
Daryl Patrishkoff April 27, 2012 at 09:29 AM
Work hard, anything is possible, work hard, stand out in a crowd, work hard, find solutions, work hard, be a change agent, work hard, find a way to make things work, work hard, seek out a mentor, work hard, be the difference, work hard, continually learn new skills, work hard, find a way to add value, work hard, be proactive, work hard, be a positive influence and then work a little harder. Avoid the negative, be honest, you are never the victim, be honest, they are not in control (whoever they may be), be honest, avoid the politics, be honest, if you don’t have the answer do not make one up, be honest, never distort the facts, be honest, do not miss your commitments, be honest, avoid all conflicts of interest and be the honest go-to get things done person. Use technology, have real face to face conversations, use technology, get away from your computer, use technology, get out on the operations floor, use technology, interact with people in person, use technology, turn off your phone, use technology, do not text in meetings, use technology, write short to the point emails, use technology, answer all phone calls, use technology, look people in the eye when you talk to them, use technology and turn off your computer. View situations from other people’s perspective, be honest in all your dealings and be the hardest working person in the room.
Rob Ray April 27, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Thanks Kristin; will do!
Rob Ray August 17, 2012 at 01:49 AM
For those interested, here's the entire commencement (I'm toward the very end): http://csitsfms.sys.oakland.edu/commencement/2012spring0900.html

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