Thursday, May 20

Commencement

Several months ago I posted a piece here at TFC called "Be True to Your School." It was about my experiences at and love for a school called Unquowa, which I attended from the middle of fourth grade thru my graduation from ninth grade. Since then, I've been asked to give the commencement speech at Unquowa this year on June 8. When I first started there, no one would have guessed that one day I'd be invited back under such circumstances. I am beyond honored. Yesterday, I spent most of the day composing my speech. Don't worry. I'm not going to print the whole thing here because 1) it's long, and 2) why spoil the suspense of the Unquowa grads should they see it online early???

As a result, I have a legitimate excuse for running a shorter-than-usual post here today, one in which I ask you to answer the questions:

1) WHAT'S THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU WOULD SAY IN A COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS TO A GROUP OF TEENS?

AND/OR

2) WHAT'S THE SINGLE THING YOU'VE EVER HEARD IN A COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS THAT LEFT THE GREATEST IMPRESSION ON YOU?

Be well. Don't forget to write.

7 comments:

Melissa Walker said...

Yay, Lauren! That's AWESOME.

I think "wear sunscreen" from that speech that got made into a song always sticks with me. Is that sad? I do wear a lot of sunscreen.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

You are so good, M. In terms of the sunscreen, I am not, but I also don't sit outside and bake as a rule.

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I'd tell them to not rush things. Sometimes I think I rushed into "adulthood" too fast and I wish I had taken time to learn how to live with me first.

Amanda Ashby said...

Lauren - that's so cool! I always want kids to hold onto their dreams and to remember that they CAN do anything they want to do!

Oh and Melissa, I love the sunscreen speech as well - and actually since I live in a hot country I do send my kids to school everyday with sunscreen on!!!!

Alyson Noel said...

Lauren- what a great opportunity-I know you will rock it! I think I would stress the importance of living your dreams and not letting your past or other people define what you're capable of.

Sara Hantz said...

Wow, what an honour! You'll be fabulous.

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