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At this time of year, after four years of hard school work, students graduate to face and experience life outside the campus.

But, before they do that, they listen to wise advices of commencement speakers chosen by each school to inspire its graduates.

We have chosen excerpts from three graduation speakers, one in the Philippines and two in the U.S., for sharing to our readers, especially to new graduates.


Hillary Clinton at Wellesley College


“Double down on your passions. Be bold. Try, fail, try again, and lean on each other. Hold on to your values. Never give up on those dreams.”

“You are graduating at a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason...

Brave and thoughtful people are needed today...

Speak up with open minds. Don’t sit in the sidelines...

Make defending truth a core value of your social activities...”


PH Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno at Ateneo de Manila University


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“Know that being a person for others and standing for human rights, justice and democracy are one and the same. To stand for human rights is to value others’ freedoms as much as you value your own. To stand for justice is to oppose any attempts to value one group’s freedoms more than those of others. To stand for democracy is to love your country and your people so fully that you will act to ensure democratic processes are followed despite great personal cost. To stand for all of these is to sacrifice yourself so that others may know freedom, safety, and all the fullness of life.”


Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard University


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“Today I want to talk about purpose. But I’m not here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose. We’re millennials. We’ll try to do that instinctively. Instead, I’m here to tell you finding your purpose isn’t enough. The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.

“One of my favorite stories is when John F Kennedy visited the NASA space center, he saw a janitor carrying a broom and he walked over and asked what he was doing. The janitor responded: ‘Mr. President, I’m helping put a man on the moon.’

“Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.”

CONGRATULATIONS to all graduates from all of us in the Filipino Reporter.