Words of wisdom shared with May graduates

happy graduatesHundreds of SUNY Oswego students and their guests celebrated their achievements during the college’s 145th Commencement on Saturday, May 20.

Visitors to either of the two ceremonies received advice to carry forward into their future.

At the morning celebration for graduates of the School of Business and School of Education, accomplished attorney Errol Taylor advised the audience: “Work hard, follow your dreams and remember that you’re not done. This is just the beginning, the beginning of your journey to be who you really, really are.”

The afternoon activities, for the College of Arts and Sciences, heard United Nations legal adviser Christian Mensah urge graduates to “pay attention and appreciate the diversity and the differences” they encounter on their future paths. “Your neighbor is not going to be the same as you. And it becomes actually quite beautiful.”

Both Taylor and Mensah are previous SUNY Oswego graduates who also received honorary doctor of laws degrees from the State University of New York at this year’s commencement.

At both ceremonies, SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley encouraged Oswego’s newest graduates to have a positive impact on society. “Go into the world and assume your new responsibilities in work and relationships—wherever they may be—but contribute to the cultural or civic or humanitarian arenas of your neighborhoods, your schools, and your communities,” she said. 

To read the complete text of a speaker’s remarks, click on the links below:
- Errol Taylor
- Christian Mensah
- Deborah F. Stanley

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(Posted: May 30, 2006)