So, You Are a Graduate. So What?

a graduate’s speech

“I have a proclamation:
Let today be the last day we joke that we are stupid or crazy. It’s not clever to pretend we hate what we love, and it wasn’t wrong study it.

“Let today be the last day we dismiss our ambitions before we’ve started. Does the world need another artist who’s already given up?

“Let today be the first day we refuse to be embarrassed to be artists. Ironic detachment gets us nowhere….”

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So now you’re a graduate. So, now what? Well, you only have one choice: Get a job and hope your genius will stop bugging you, or get a job and keep pursuing your calling.

Come on, Children…! The day of glory has arrived!


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4 Responses to So, You Are a Graduate. So What?

  1. Pam Swallow says:

    Wonderful commencement address by Lizzie! She had just the right amount of humor, honesty, encouragement, and zest. Gold star for Lizzie!

    I, too, am a graduate of NYU and I lived very close to the awesome arch. I wasn’t at my graduation, but had I been, I would have loved to have listened to a student speaker such as Lizzie.

  2. Susan Porter says:

    It is always about the “so what”. It is what keep on my mind always and what I ask my students ad nauseam.

  3. Betsy Cordes says:

    LOVE this, Rick! Spot on. You must be so proud. Congratulations to Lizzie!

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