Congratulations everyone, congratulations. If you're participating in this graduation ceremony, you've taken the next step toward your future goals and dreams. For those of you that just finished your transfer degrees, congratulations. To those of you that came back to school after a few years off to get a better education, congratulations. To those of you that came to get a certificate or learn IT or computer programming so you can get a better job, congratulations.
Now that you're moving on toward whatever your next step is in life - a university, the job market, whatever - you are more prepared and ready for that next step now. Little do you know, you now hold a distinct advantage because you graduated from Bulls Community College.
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I won't speak long today for two reasons. The first being that I remember my high school graduation and I couldn't tell you who spoke or how many speakers there even were; all I remember is the that person in front of me had one of the old Gameboys and was playing Tetris. Everyone was so enthralled with what the speakers were saying that a group of about 30 of my classmates were leaning in and watching him play Tetris. One of the funniest things I ever saw was a picture taken of my graduating class and seeing the right half of the graduates sitting peacefully and left half all leaning in to watch a single person play a black and white video game. Which illustrates my second point perfectly: that you don't really want to listen to me. You want to go out and prove to the rest of the world what everyone here at Bulls already knows: that no matter how many late nights or hours of perseverance it takes for you to achieve your goals, you will achieve them, and nothing can stop you.
I could stand up here and rave about Bulls. That the group of people that work there is one of the most diverse and incredible groups of people I have ever had the chance to meet. But I won't because why should I waste your time telling you things you already know? All the time and effort that the professors and administrators have put in over these last few years of your life hasn't been because they just wanted the paycheck so they can buy that dream car they always wanted. And if