Pomp: I am biased, but I think I’ve just experienced the best high school graduation ceremony I’ll ever attend at which I am not a relative or even a close family friend of anyone graduating. It was inspiring and uplifting and blessed with the the most glorious weather possible. The students who spoke were brilliant and the commencement speaker, my friend Y.S. Chi, was a perfect choice to provide a thoughtful, from-the-heart message.

I was even moved by a quote credited to Calvin Coolidge (granted, not one of our most quoted presidents) that was cited by the valedictorian:

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

You can now have your diploma.

  • lcreekmo

    This is true but it is not always positive.

  • Rex Hammock

    It may not be encouraging, but I think in most cases, it is positive.

  • Hudge

    When he said this in 1932, a lot of people did not have much else than persistence and determination.

    I would take issue with the “omnipotent” claim. Both qualities are certainly vital, but not overwhelming even in combination.