Undergraduate Address – By the Light of a Supermoon

Last weekend the largest full moon of 2012 lit up the night sky.  On Saturday may 5th the moon was at its closest point in its orbit with us… putting it a mere 221,801 miles away.  Some call this perigee full moon a Supermoon”.  I call it a reminder for all of us to shine and set our own moon goal. For me moon goals are a reference to that amazing day when man first landed and walked on the moon.  It was a stretch of many people’s imaginations to see the dream come to fruition.  And so graduates, my singular charge to you this morning is that as you go from here to the rest of your life that you set your own moon goal…a stretch, difficult and transformation goal that measures the best of your energy and skills.

I ask that you make this goal a real challenge that you are willing to accept, unwilling to postpone and which you intend to win.  Make your goal one that demands the extraordinary effort I know you will muster with all the strength and intellectual capacity you possess.  Don’t be tempted to take the path of least resistance or be lulled into a static professional life, content to congratulate yourself on maintaining the status quo. That is not setting a moon goal.  That is finding a soft landing spot.

My moon goal for the class of 2012 is that you never stop your upward climb into the world of opportunity.


Congratulations on a job well done!