No graduation speaker will ever tell you that the future is anything but uncertain.It never is.But graduations need not only be obsessed with with looking ahead;a graduation can be a day on which we turn back and trace our steps to see how we ended up where we are.


—Taylor Mali/American screenwriter

美国编剧 泰勒·马里

We come from a range of backgrounds and a diversity of mindsets.Yet we have learned to understand and empathize with others,even when their opinions differ from our own.Members of this class have traveled accross the country together,learning more about each other and themselves along the way.


— William Epperson/high school graduate

高中毕业生 威廉·爱珀森

Outside of the classroom,learning to get along with such a diverse group of people is the staple part of the Riverwood experience that I cherish most.The laughs,roasts and tears we genuinely shared with each other - regardless of the color our skin,who we worship,or how much money we have - will forever be embedded in our memories and form who we are.In many ways these life experiences are more valuable than the piece of paper we are about to receive.


— Pascal Acree/high school graduate

高中毕业生 帕斯科·阿克力

I think it is safe to say that because of these interactions and the ways in which we have helped each other to grow,we are not the same people that entered the supper school as wide-eyed freshman 1,369 days ago.If nothing else,we are a little bit taller and get in trouble for not shaving a lot more.


— William Epperson/high school graduate

高中毕业生 威廉·爱珀森

You are educated.Your certification is in your degree.You may think of it as the ticket to the good life.Let me ask you to think of an alternative.Think of it as your ticket to change the world.


— Tom Brokaw/American Actor

美国演员 汤姆·布罗考

You are graduating from college.That means this is the first day of the last day of your life.No,that's wrong.This is the last day of the first day of school.Nope,that's worse.This is a day.


— Andy Samberg/American film producer

美国电影制作人 安迪·桑博格

You can't connect the dots looking forward;you can only connect the looking backwards.So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.You have to trust in something - your gut,dstiny,life,karma,whatever.This approach has never let me down,and it has made all the difference in my life.


— Steve Jobs/Apple founder

苹果公司创始人 史蒂夫·乔布斯

The definition of success changes.Success is to live your life with integrity and not give in to peer pressure to be something you're not.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/American talk show hostess

美国脱口秀主持人 艾伦·德杰尼勒斯