TO THE PRECIOUS CHANDLER HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2020:
In a normal year, we would be gearing up to have a huge celebration for your induction into the Chandler High School Alumni Association, but as you are well aware, 2020 is not a normal year. So, instead, we assembled some great advice we thought might be helpful as you venture into the "real world" of life.
"The great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself."
David McCullough, Jr., High School Teacher, Commencement Address at Wellesley High School, 2012
"Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else's path unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that." Ellen DeGeneres, Comedian. Commencement Address at Tulane University, 2009
"Take action. Every story you've ever connected with, every leader you've ever admired, every puny little thing that you've ever accomplished is the result of taking action. You have a choice. You can either be a passive victim of circumstance or you can be the active hero of your own life."
Bradley Whitford, Actor, Commencement Address at University of Wisconsin, 2004
"Err in the direction of kindness. Do those things that incline you toward the big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial. That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality — your soul, if you will — is as bright and shining as any that has ever been. Bright as Shakespeare’s, bright as Gandhi’s, bright as Mother Teresa’s. Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly."
George Saunders, Author, Commencement Address at Syracuse University, 2013