“ Upon graduation from high school, following my brother by a couple of years, I joined the U.S. Air Force. ”


— Dennis L. McKiernan

“ A month before graduation I got an off-Broadway job. Then I did some commercials, including one for MCI. You can only see half of me, but it paid well. Thank God for commercials. ”


— Lee Pace

“ One week before my 17th birthday, I had a blind date with June Rose, a television actress on network soap operas, a model, and a regular on the popular Dick Clark's Saturday night 'American Bandstand' show from New York. We were married five years later, one week after my graduation from Columbia. ”


— Robert C. Merton

“ I left for New York three days after graduation. ”


— Jenn Lyon

“ My first jobs after graduation in 1955 were as a project engineer for G.E. and later with the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., where I met and married my wife, Dolores Celini. ”


— Oliver E. Williamson

“ I commuted to the prestigious Hibiya High School from my uncle's home in Tokyo. During the high school years, I developed an interest in chemistry, so upon graduation, I chose to take an entrance examination for the Department of Chemistry of the University of Kyoto, the old capital of Japan. ”


— Susumu Tonegawa

“ I decided to move out of the apartment I was sharing with my best friend before graduation and move back home. My parents had recently separated, and I wanted to move back home with my mom and my siblings. ”


— Katherine Schwarzenegger

“ It's not how much you spend, it's how you spend it. We have been putting a lot of money into education in the state of Nevada, and it's gotten us to 50th in the country in graduation rates. We needed more accountability in our system. ”


— Brian Sandoval

“ People in my family and camp who grew up listening to rap music love 'We Are Young.' I've heard it play at weddings. I've heard it in graduation parties. It's a big idea and big song. ”


— Janelle Monae

“ What I like about graduation speeches is that they're an opportunity for someone to make sense of their life and to impart that wisdom to someone else. It's like a sanctioned self-help moment. ”


— Bruce Eric Kaplan

“ The mission of Patrick Henry College was to attract and cultivate academic stars from the ranks of home-schooled evangelicals, then send them off on graduation day to 'shape the culture and take back the nation,' in the words of a common home-schooling rallying cry. ”


— Nina Easton

“ I love graduation speeches. I have always loved them; I will always love them. ”


— Bruce Eric Kaplan

“ Graduation speeches force you to reflect. They are about consciousness. Nothing is better than consciousness. ”


— Bruce Eric Kaplan

“ I had the luxury of skipping the cabinet meeting to attend my daughter's graduation. So many people don't have the luxury of taking an hour away from the workplace to attend indispensable family commitments. We have to change that dynamic. ”


— Thomas Perez

“ I received my draft notice right after graduation from college and had three months before going into the Army in September to think about it. ”


— Tim O'Brien

“ I fell in love with theater there, and after graduation I moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. ”


— Olivia Wilde

“ After graduation, I was floundering in L.A., doing stand-up comedy and working in a shoe store in the Valley. ”


— Kevin Spacey

“ All my graduation money went to paying for bartending classes so I could have a side gig. I bartended for two months before I was supposed to move to New York and then two months later I got the job as an understudy in 'Sister Act' and haven't looked back since. ”


— Patina Miller

“ Upon graduation, believe it or not, I had no job. I had no interviews. I had no prospects. I had no worries. What I did have, I had passion. I had enormous passion. I had passion for financial markets. I had fallen in love with financial markets. ”


— Gary Cohn

“ Following graduation from high school in 1948, I attended Harvard University where I became a physics major. Having grown up in a small town, I found Harvard to be an enormously enriching experience. Students in my class came from all walks of life and from a great variety of geographical locations. ”


— David Lee

“ Right after graduation, I married Samuel Fisher Babbitt, an academic administrator. I spent the next ten years in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., raising our children, Christopher, Tom, and Lucy. ”


— Natalie Babbitt

“ At the end of four years' time, at graduation, we were down to 12. At our reunion that we had several years ago, only 1 out of the 52 actually made it to ordination and priesthood. So there you go, there's your numbers. ”


— Peter Jurasik

“ I did my first film when I was in the final year of my graduation. At that time, I was still a kid, and I couldn't read the industry very well. ”


— Uday Kiran

“ Americans in particular are myopic. They're not traveling as much. When you were a college student, the next thing you would do on graduation was to take a year off and travel. That's what I did. I went to Indonesia. ”


— Julie Taymor

“ After graduation in June of 1984, I moved to Manhattan. My first stop was a psychiatrist, who in less than our first fifty-minute session again diagnosed me with depression. ”


— Andy Behrman


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