Can you believe it? Because I can't.
Think back to freshman year orientation...nervous, scared and excited.
You had no idea what to expect! But four years later, here we are. Ready to walk across the stage to grab that diploma and start the next chapter of our lives.
You did it! You made it this far. Four years.
There were days, semesters and weeks we thought that would never end, but you did it and now, it is all coming to an end.
As you sit back, reflect on these four years and soak up the last few days as a college student, think about the impact you have made. Maybe you weren't involved in every single thing on campus or you didn't get the best grades, but you still contributed to the big picture.
College is not just about figuring what you are meant to do in life, it is about figuring out who you are. A lot of growing has happened in these past four years, and don't forget that.
The end is really bittersweet, isn't it? Excited to move on to a new chapter, but scared, sad and afraid to leave all of this behind. The marks you made, the things you did, the residence halls you lived in, friends, and the memories that will last a lifetime.
You have so much to be proud of! Look at the legacy you have left behind. As we are sitting here preparing for graduation and trying to figure out exactly what we should be feeling, smile because it happened.
The friends you have will always be friends, the memories will always be there, and your campus will always welcome you back with open arms.
As your last few days as college students come to an end, remember one thing:
There is a quote that C.S. Lewis once said, and it is something I want you to remember going forward, "There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind."