It is graduation season in our local towns;
Class of Twenty-Fifteen seniors, clad in caps and gowns,
Gather to receive diplomas they have, finally, earned.
Entering a world where all the calculus they learned
Won't help them as much as what great speakers can impart;
Lessons happy adults should adhere to from the start.
Best advice from a Commencement that I've ever heard
Was Baz Luhrmann's "Sunscreen" speech... I second every word.
It boiled down to being kind to others and yourself,
Not to hide your talents 'neath a bushel on a shelf,
Carpe' every diem, gather rosebuds while you may.
Try to help the people who you'll meet along your way.
Offer your apologies to others when you're wrong,
Don't forget that life's a journey and the journey's long.
If you look around to find some rut in which you're stuck,
Forge a new path. Wishing all of you the best of luck.