About the Speaker:
Dr. lyn boulter
On behalf of the faculty, I would like to extend our warmest welcome and congratulations to the excited and proud parents, family members and friends here today to celebrate the commencement of their loved ones. And most of all, congratulations to the Class of 2013!
Even though you are leaving us today, our hope is that you will take with you some of what we have offered you to challenge you, and that among us you have found heroes, as mentors who led the way and transformed your life, and teachers who will continue to believe in you and inspire you to aim higher. We also offered you the insights, inspiration and creativity of our heroes, hoping you will find personal meaning in their work.
One of my heroes is Helen Keller, who wrote, "Keep your face in the sun and you will never see the shadows." Many feel that her words urge us to turn our backs to the dark of pessimism and fear, so we will always see the light of optimism and courage.
In the words of activist Marian Wright Edelman, "Never think your work is too hard, life is not worth living, or that you can’t make a difference. Never give up."
And this wonderful quote from Shel Silverstein speaks to us all:
Listen to the mustn’ts, child/
listen to the don’ts/
listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts/
but then listen to the never haves and listen close to me/
anything can happen, child/
anything can be."
Catawba graduates, (soon to be Catawba alumni!), please keep in touch with us! We will be delighted to hear from you, and we hope you will continue to find your heroes. We hope you will dream of a perfect society, have the confidence in yourself that you can achieve it, and be an advocate for a world where every child can succeed, as you have.