Commencement to Union College Class of 2012 - Dylan RatiganSubmitted by peaceandprosperity on Mon, 06/11/2012 - 15:42
I’d like to thank President Ainlay and Mrs. Judith Gardner Ainlay for hosting me and for their gracious hospitality. I’d also like to thank Mr. Mark Walsh, Chairman of the Union College Board of Trustees, and the entire Board of Trustees of Union College for their dedication to furthering education. I’d like to recognize and thank Dr. Therese McCarty, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty for making this day a possibility for all of you.
I’d also like to congratulate the faculty, staff and of course all of the wonderful parents joining us on this occasion. And I’d like to give special recognition to G. Bingham Powell for receiving an honorary doctorate of humane letters.
Graduates, I’m getting to you.
22 Years ago I showed up here with a typewriter…. ADLIB.
And you had to call landlines to make plans to meet up.
And hockey was D3.
Hockey team. Frozen 4.
When I left I had no idea what I was going to do….and even now I’m not always sure what to do.
So I’ve always made it a point to ask a lot of questions. And I’ve been able to ask a lot of people, a lot of questions.
What I’ve learned, despite-what you-may-have-heard-on ….cable news….., is it’s all going to be fine because a cultural renaissance that is giving us all more for less – it sounds cliché, but I can back it up.
An abundant present is here – for all of us – if we just wake up and ask better questions – and if we request better answers from ourselves and those around us.
There is a growing under–current coursing through the inner fiber of our country that is “awake.” This culture recognizes that they don’t know – but that they have unprecedented access to answers. They know that better questions, result in better answers. They imagine things, design experiments to test them — and learn and fail everyday. This forces a “GET OVER IT” culture of resilience for failure and a perserverence and humility and passion to press on.