Wellesley College Commencement
"More than ten years ago, when I was invited here to talk about our
experiences in the People's Republic of China, I was struck by both the natural beauty of
your campus and the spirit of this place. Wellesley, you see, is not just a
place but an idea -- an experiment in excellence in which diversity is not just
tolerated, but is embraced."
"You have a first class education
from a first class school. And so you need not, probably cannot, live a
"paint-by-numbers" life. Decisions are not irrevocable. Choices do come back.
And as you set off from Wellesley, I hope that many of you will consider making
three very special choices."
"The first is to believe in
something larger than yourself, to get involved in some of the big ideas of our
"And early on I made another choice, which I hope you'll make as well.
Whether you are talking about education, career, or service, you're talking about life --
and life really must have joy. It's supposed to be fun..."
"The third choice that must not be
missed is to cherish your human connections: your relationships with family and
"At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one
more test, winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time
not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent."
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