Happy 2018 graduation to Dominic, Esther, Madeline, Brian and Mica

In your hands, your future depends. Believe in yourself. Take risks. You can achieve what you set out to do and define and monitor your goals each day. Happy 2018 graduation! You deserve the best the world has to offer.

Connie

 

Here are the top graduation speeches of all time:
  • Joyce DiDonato, Juilliard School (2014)
  • Ellen Degeneres, Tulane University (2009)
  • Steve Jobs, Stanford University (2005) …
  • Admiral William McRaven, University of Texas at Austin (2014)
  • J. K. Rowling, Harvard University (2008)
  • Shonda Rhimes, Dartmouth College (2014)

Top 10 Commencement Speeches | Inspirational Graduation …

Top 10 Commencement Speeches. These are truly inspirational graduation speeches worth reading from the beginning to the end. It is not easy to select just 10 speeches. Truth be told, I love each and every commencement address I collected on this site. I believe you can’t go wrong with any of thesegraduation speeches; …

Top 10 Graduation Speeches of All Time – The Mission – Medium

Jun 21, 2017 – BUT, I had recently (at the time) been told that Sheryl Sandberg’s graduation speech was really good and that I should go watch it. It was May/June and all the graduations were taking place and so the first thing I did was look up “best graduation speeches” and my life was changed forever. Having written a …

15 of the Greatest Graduation Speeches of All Time | Inc.com

May 16, 2016 – Here are the top graduation speeches of all time: Joyce DiDonato, Juilliard School (2014) Ellen Degeneres, Tulane University (2009) Steve Jobs, Stanford University (2005) Admiral William McRaven, University of Texas at Austin (2014) J. K. Rowling, Harvard University (2008) Shonda Rhimes, Dartmouth College (2014)

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever : NPR – NPR Visuals

Jul 2, 2015 – Looking for some new words of wisdom? Check out our hand-picked selection ofcommencement addresses, going back to 1774. Search over 350 speeches by name, school, date or theme — and find out what they have in common with pop songs — on our blog: n.pr/ed. By Jeremy Bowers, Emily Davis, …

20 Best Commencement Speeches of All Time to Inspire You at Any Age

May 5, 2017 – Barack Obama. President Obama Delivers the Commencement Address at Howard University. Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen at Tulane Commencement 2009. Kanye West. Kanye West’s Full Lecture at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Amy Poehler. Amy Poehler at Harvard College Class Day. David Byrne. Stephen Colbert. Oprah Winfrey. Jon …

The best of the best of the 2017 commencement speeches | Campus …

college.usatoday.com › … › The best of the best of the 2017 commencement speeches

Jun 13, 2017 – (Photo: Richard Vogel, AP, File). Whether you’re graduating this year, someday in the future or sometime in the past, you could probably use some inspiring and wise words. In that case, it’s your lucky day — we’ve got the best commencement speeches of the year for you. Without further ado, here’s the best …

Best graduation speeches 2017 – Business Insider

Jun 24, 2017 – Graduation season has finally come to a close — but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to live by the advice espoused in the stellar speeches given this year.

Best Graduation Speech Ever! – YouTube

Jun 5, 2013 – Uploaded by Sho Byju

Arjun gives a speech as Class President. Pine View School for the Gifted Class of 2013. June 2nd Van Wezel …

The Best Advice From 2017 Commencement Speeches – Forbes

May 31, 2017 – Here are some highlights from commencement speeches this year: Will Ferrell, USC. Sheryl Sandberg, Virginia Tech. Adam Grant, Utah State. Octavia Spencer, Kent State University. Michael Bloomberg, Villanova. Oprah Winfrey, Skidmore College.

Wisdom from the best graduation speeches – CNN – CNN.com

May 12, 2017 – Commencement addresses are, by nature, tidy packages of wisdom worth opening at any time in your life.

How the middle class in the bay area disappeared

Two parents must work to afford housing.

One must sell their house to pay for surgery or nursing homes.

One must pay half of the paycheck for one medication.

A family must pay for half their paycheck for health insurance premiums for 3.

Day care costs a  third of their paycheck.

Single mothers must have 2 jobs to afford housing.

College students must work to pay for tuition, college expenses especially textbooks, food and housing.

More than one third of income must pay for housing.

Low wages stopped others from spending money to go back to school of higher learning and more skills.

High housing costs is making families leave their families and neighbors to look for affordable cities outside of the bay area.

Housing costs accounts for more than half of the total income of middle class.

Low wages account for less college grads in middle class household as each children must work and be employed before finishing college.

Low wages make each person go for 2-3 jobs to pay for housing and other expenses.

Low wages make it harder for families to get higher education and more skills.

High cost of college and expensive textbooks make it harder to finish college early.

High cost of housing makes it difficult to own your own house in the bay area.

But , these struggles are not roadblocks to those who will work hard, only it takes time and a lot of sacrifices.

Our children are not our possession, they are entrusted to us to care for

Our children are not our possession, they are entrusted to us to care for until they can independently live in this world, ready with their college degrees or creative passions.

We model our good behavior to our children or God’s children and it is our honor when they grew up as responsible citizens, loving and caring other human beings.  We are temporary caretakers of our children and we do not own or possess them. They are children of God and not our own. We are tasked to take care of them until they can take care of themselves.

Religion is a place to worship and not to limit us in the way we love or treat others. Positive cultural practices are followed and negative , dehumanized cultural norms are not followed as we are human beings, with free will and love.

I am sad of some honor killings in Pakistan. Let the future children believe that this world is filled with human love, not limited by cultural practices without love and compassion and not limited by religion that judges one because of abortion, marrying another without parental permission and so on.

I am sad that there is no family planning in the Philippines. A household of 6 siblings and the father and mother have no jobs. The children has to labor to put food on the table. And the older children dependent on their parents for everything. I am sad there is not enough jobs in the Philippines and not everyone can survive without help from other family members or relatives, college education is not free and other misfortunes.

I am positive that the future is bright if we have love in our hearts and passion to fulfill our dreams, to finish college and to find a better job.

I am hopeful for the USA without Trump or with Trump but still hoping that US politicians will put the people’s issues first and not their own.

 

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Life instructions for my children in college

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To my children in college, mom’s lessons she learned and wished you knew before you take a leap

  1. Forgive but not forget, always fill your mind with positive and happy thoughts
  2. Learn from your mistakes, know the cues of what is going to be a wrong decision
  3. Gratitude will bring you blessings untold, and keep you safe for the future
  4. Confidence but with preparation and grace, in service with others so that you can be served
  5. Select your friends for a lifetime, they can pull you up and bring wealth untold
  6. Friends can influence you, can walk with you and help you attain success and happiness
  7. Your thoughts can translate into action with conviction
  8. There is ambition and goals and not procrastination to get what you want
  9. Early bird catches the worm, be early and ahead of others or be prepared
  10. Expect the unexpected if you lack preparation
  11. Select your tools and gadgets to save your life when you need them
  12. Bring your smart phone, computer and driving glasses when you go places
  13. Always save 6months worth of emergency funds
  14. Borrow only when necessary or exchange your skills and knowledge to earn
  15. Always up your skills, they will save you in times of trouble
  16. Be street smart not only book smart
  17. Always have a back up in life, living simply and in practical ways
  18. Love, friendship and family are very important and so is prayer
  19. Learn to dance, sing , paint, fencing, swimming and any worthwhile relaxing and uplifting activity
  20. Gain respect and put yourself in service to your well being and that of others you are responsible for.
  21. Write a journal to keep your spirit strong and continue this list to impart to your children. You can write up to 300 things to share with others to walk your talk.