When graduates are getting ready to trot out and live their own lives and make something out of themselves, the advice they receive can resonate or it might be something that is immediately forgotton. The most notable advice to graduates (including good ol' Hoss sense):
"We never know where life is going to take us," First Lady Laura Bush said this May to Vanderbilt's graduating class. She said that right after admitting that she could not remember who gave the speech at her graduation from the University of Texas in 1973 (and it was George Bush Sr. and she married his son four years later).
"Hair matters," is Senator Hillary Clinton's most memorable line from Yale's 300th commencement in 2001.
"Call your mother..." was the most important lesson the founder of Nextel passed on to Wake Forest graduates this May. Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner also said in his speech that shallow posturing dominates our media and graduates should wrestle with the complex issues and be respectful of those with whom you disagree.
"...you can't connect the dots going forward; you can only connect them looking backwards," Steve Jobs said to Stanford grads in 2005 which is by far the most notable speech in its entirety. He also added this advice: You've got to find what you love.
"...you wanna decide which way to go," is ho ho har de har har advice to high school graduates from 75 year-old Hoss, author of the blog Old Horsetail Snake. His post, And Boy, You Have Earned This, made me laugh when I was working so hard trying to do serious research on the most profound advice to graduates.
The words from Hoss were a reminder that we shouldn't take life so seriously and maybe there is better advice out there given by nobodies publishing blogs than from big somebodies behind the platform of the podiums. His humor is consistently funny...and it is true: life is "not always peaches and sour cream," he wrote. For that, I submitted Hoss' post, And, Boy, You Have Earned This, as a Perfect Post for June.
Momma K at the blog Petroville coordinates these Perfect Post awards which highlight some of the best posts from bloggers, awarded by bloggers. June's awards are announced today on her site. Go check them out for some good reading and discover what other bloggers are saying that are considered to be worthy of note by their peers.