Some advice for the class of 2007

By Staff
Leada Gore, Editor
– – My eighth-grade English teacher.
We had some strict rules in eighth grade English, not the least of which being you should never start an essay with a quote. It’s trite, she said.
I’ve kept this advice with me through the years as I’ve written this column and tried to avoid the typical “start the column with a famous or moving quote” bit, which is about as tired as starting it off with “Webster’s Dictionary defines…”
Still, I was tempted this week. It’s graduation time and young people around the country are donning hats and gowns and listening to graduation speakers confirm to them that yes, they are our future.
Graduation speeches are all pretty similar. They have funny moments, are full of poignant memories and a charge to the graduates to go out and do something wonderful in the world. Or at least nothing criminal.
Consider these words of graduation wisdom:
These are all great words of wisdom and I bet if you listen carefully, you’ll hear some of them during this season’s graduation season.
I do think they are missing some things, however. Therefore, you can add a couple more words of advice:
Good luck, graduates. I wish you all well. May you hitch your wagons to a star; never forget you are our future; and make the most of every possibility, etc. etc.

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