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Wellesley College Commencement Address
"Wellesley...is not just a place
but an idea -- an experiment in excellence in which diversity is not just
tolerated, but is embraced."
"In the world that awaits you, beyond the shores of
Lake Waban, no
one can say what your true colors will be. But this I do know: 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
"The first is to
believe in something larger than yourself, to get involved in some
of the big ideas of our time. I chose literacy because I honestly
believe that if more people could read, write, and comprehend, we
would be that much closer to solving so many of the problems that
plague our nation and our society."
"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. Find the joy in life,
because as Ferris Bueller said on his day off, 'Life moves
pretty fast; and you don't stop and look around once in a while, you're going to miss it.'"
"The third choice
that must not be missed is to cherish your human connections: your
relationships with family and friends...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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