I hear a lot nowadays about education being "the key" to... insert whatever goal here.
This is not true. Doubly so in America.
The key to a great life is...enjoying life. Enjoying life includes a lot of learning. Learning is fun. Going to school is miserable. This should teach you something.
Many of the smartest, happiest people I know have the least amount of formal education.
Many of them are not rich...scratch that...most of them are not rich.
Many of them have children.
The other thing I've learned is that nice people often look "different". Mostly because they dress the way they want to. They behave in ways that are nonjudgemental and fun. They go barefoot alot. They have tattoos and piercings. They have long hair or no hair. They wouldn't be pictured in any fashion magazine.
So, dear graduates, go into the world happy. Do what you want. You can't make everyone happy, so don't try. Make yourself happy and most people will love you for being you. Make yourself happy and you will have no need of money, fame, status or degrees. People will like you because you are authentic. No matter what that is.
Never change your loves, sexuality, joy, sorrows, outlook on life for anyone. You can only regret it later. Simply live and then life will be its own reward.
So Jesus said "Take all your possessions and give them to the poor." and the man went away sad, for he had many possessions.
Here endeth the lesson.