University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff graduating seniors received a final, important lesson on life before being presented their degrees in the Fall 2012 commencement exercises Friday morning.
University System President Donald R. Bobbitt shared a gem of wisdom, telling the seniors to remember some time-tested advice before going into the world in search of their dreams.
“People won’t care what you know until they know you care,” Bobbitt said in a packed Kenneth L. Johnson Sr. Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex.
Compassion is a key in both learning and teaching, he said.
Bobbitt urged the students to “take time to reflect on those faculty who really made a difference in your life.” He said he frequently hears retiring educators, when relating the most rewarding aspects of their careers, referring to some of their most memorable students’ achievements.
Bobbitt also said the graduates should have an appreciation for their family members, as many made sacrifices that allowed the students to have earned their degrees.
“Remember who brought you to this point in your life,” Bobbitt said.
Saying he’s always “lifted by the spirit of graduation,” he encouraged the graduates to carry that sense of energy and promise with them throughout their careers and to never forget they should aim at using their educations to benefit not only themselves, but others as well.
“Unto whom much is given, much is expected,” he said in quoting the Bible.
Bobbitt said the new graduates should be proud of their educational accomplishments, noting they had “prevailed” over “distractions and obstacles in the road” to attaining their educational milestones. “We don’t know what the future holds, but you’re prepared for it,” Bobbitt said.
Telling the students they were right in “choosing the road less traveled” in improving themselves, he closed by reciting what he described as “my favorite Irish blessing.”
“May the road rise up to meet you,” he said. “May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”