Well, they first awarded Dr. Don Wile’s an honorary degree for his contributions to the college over the years. And then Dr. Wiles made the commencement address to the graduating class.
Well I thought, here we go, just tough it out and get through this speech. I was thinking how hard the seats were and how long this would go on for.
And then Dr. Wiles began to talk. Suddenly, I forgot how hard those seats were. Instead I was saying “yes, yes, everybody listen up!” inside my head, of course.
And this is the gist of what he had to say. That when you graduate, you have expectations that your life will now follow a certain path. That everything you have done is to steer you to predictable jobs and careers.
Dr. Wiles then told his story, of graduating with a degree in chemistry and how the expected didn’t happen. Instead he was presented with opportunities that he had never imagined. And, he said to himself, “Why Not?” and took up the unexpected opportunities that became his life path.
What a great message to not just those students, but to all in attendance. When life present’s opportunities, why not? You never know what will come out of an opportunity, you never know where it will take you, how it can change your life.
Embrace opportunity, even the unexpected! Way to go Dr. Wiles!