Today, I continue my weeklong series on lessons learned by attending our high school's graduation last weekend. This weekend, I had the joy of attending the graduation ceremonies for my son's high school. Adam is only a Junior this year, but we were on hand to celebrate with several of his senior friends. Perhaps since my own son wasn't graduating, I did a better job of listening to each of the five individuals who spoke. I found that I took away a lesson from each of their speeches. This week, I will be highlighting one of those lessons each day.
Lesson Number Two came in the form of a brief, yet insightful address from California State University, Fresno Provost Dr. William A. Covino. Dr. Covino's remarks for the gradutates highlighted three themes -- they are likely on his mind as the focal point of the newly launched Fresno State logo. But this wasn't simply a marketing speech. Rather, these three watchwords are relevant for any of us seeking to pursue personal excellence.
- Discovery -- Experience the thrill of learning. Always strive to expand your mind.
- Diversity -- Surround yourself with all elements of the human fabric. This makes it possible for us to learn from one another. Embrace the difference in others, seeking out in a special way that which is new, strange and different. This is how we grow, both as individuals and communally.
- Distinction -- Demand of yourself the rare. Pursue your passions with energy and dilligence.
As I ponder Lesson 2 and its place in my life, I'm contemplating how to embrace more of these three "D"s in my day to day journey. Discovery will come in the form of continuing to open my eyes to opportunities for learning that present themselves each day. Diversity means actively seeking out opportunities for perspectives that vary from my own. Disctinction demands that I never settle for "good enough" in my family life or my work.
I'd like to publicly thank Provost Covino for making the time to visit with our graduates. His remarks have certainly given me a needed boost.