Graduation advice for the already graduated

Here's your second chance to hear some good advice you might have missed the first time around. Photo: Commencement speakers may dispense good advice, but sometimes the audience is not listening.

SALT LAKE CITY, May 22, 2013 — It’s graduation season, which means some of the most accomplished men and women around the world are speaking to groups of hopeful graduates and sharing their best life lessons.

However, baking in the hot sun while sitting on school bleachers in an uncomfortable cap and gown, you may not have internalized the advice from your own commencement speakers, no matter how famous they were or how lofty their words.

To help jog your memory, here is some advice from past speakers for the already graduated that could continue to motivate, sustain and help you today.

Six Commencement Quotes, Not Just For the New Graduate:

1. “Sometimes…it is not a matter of what we are asking of life, but rather what life is asking of us. How often the answer to our own troubles is to help others with theirs.” – Governor Mitt Romney  

2. “You must have some vision for your life. Even if you don’t know the plan, you have to have a direction in which you choose to go. What I learned is that that’s a great metaphor for life. You want to be in the driver’s seat of your own life because if you are not, life will drive you.” – Oprah Winfrey

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3. “Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know, still don’t.” – Baz Luhrman

4. “There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized…whether you fear it or not, true disappointment will come but with disappointment comes clarity, conviction and true originality.” – Conan O’Brien

5.Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life….Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” – Steve Jobs

6. “I just want to pause for a moment on the word ‘invent’ because the phrase isn’t ‘succeed in the future,’ it’s not ‘plan for the future’ or ‘do the best you can in the future.’ It’s ‘invent the future.’ And with those three words comes a simple message: a call to chart your own course and live life on your own terms….In the end, it’s up to each of us to define ourselves. It’s up to each of us to invent our own future with the choices we make and the actions we take.” – Michelle Obama

Readers: What do you wish you knew when you graduated? How is commencement advice helping you now?

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Angela Trusty brings her great life observations and advice Communities.  Angela also authors   ‘Ask Angela’ which also appears bi-monthly in the Deseret News. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the lucky sibling of 5 sisters and 1 brother.

She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, but Baltimore will always be her home. 


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