Saturday, June 9, 2012

You Graduated! Now What? Lessons for Grads

Today, my students at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School are graduating. Some of them will be going into military service, some are going off to college in the fall, and others will be entering the work force full-time. No matter what their next steps are after commencement today, they all have hopes, dreams, and expectations for the future. I wish them all the best as we all do.

TED Ed has a small collection of commencement addresses and questions to accompany them. The collection is called, You Graduated... Now What? The collection includes talks from Steve Jobs, Bill Cosby and Ellen Degenres. All have good advice for students.

Applications for Education
I would add to the collection Bill Cosby's recent commencement speech at Temple University. You don't have to be graduating today to learn something or be reminded of an important lesson in these talks. In fact, Bill Cosby's talks provide solid advice anytime of the year. I might even show his talk to Temple University students at the beginning of the school year.