So here we are. Graduating seniors of 2013.
I look around at you all and I think about the last four years, the last three years, two years, last year we have spent together. I see artists, musicians, scientists, mathematicians, writers, debaters, comedians, actors, dancers, chefs, philosophers. Thinkers.
You all have an innate gift for sowing compassion in others, cultivating it within yourself. I see 46 individuals who have a powerful ability to create community and fellowship amongst those around them.
I look around and I see love.
Graduation sentiment often focuses on the future. Looking forwards. But let your ability to be present through the sum of your passions change the world around you. It has a profound effect, reminding me to remain in the present, and I know that has influenced your peers as well.
Our lives are defined by our daily acts of love—manifested in your service, your leadership, and your passions. Your collective ability to love and be loved in the most humble and pure and true sense of the word has the power to change the people around you, wherever you are.
Do everything in love.