Famous Graduation Or Commencement Quotes
Published: May 20, 2012
Famous Graduation Or Commencement Quotes, Thank you all. Thank you so much. Well, hello, Hokies! (Applause.) I like saying that. It is such a pleasure and an honor to be here today to celebrate the Virginia Tech class of 2012. Way to go. Way to go.
I want to start by thanking President Steger for that very kind introduction, as well as the faculty, the staff, the board. I also want to thank Senator Warner for his wonderful remarks, especially the “call your mom” part. I like that. I want to thank him for his outstanding service and leadership on behalf of this state. And Senator, I accept your challenge — (laughter) — but you’ve just got to know, I play to win. (Laughter.) All right? I also want to recognize Governor McDonnell and Mrs. McDonnell, who are here not just as Virginia’s Governor and First Lady but as proud parents. Congratulations to both of you and your family.
And graduates, I have to join in in taking a moment to thank those extraordinary people up in the bleachers with the cameras and the beaming smiles on their faces. Yes, I’m talking again about your families — the folks who pushed you and believed in you; the folks who always picked up the phone when you called, even when you were just calling to ask for money. (Laughter.) Their love and support has sustained you every step of the way, so, again, let’s give them another round of applause, right? (Applause.)
And finally, to the class of 2012, you all — congratulations. Congratulations. We are so proud of you for making it to this day. We are so proud of what you’ve achieved and who you’ve become. And I know that as one of your commencement speakers today, I’m supposed to offer you all kinds of wisdom and advice and life lessons. But the truth is, like so many people across this country and around the world, I have been following the journey of this school. I have witnessed the strength and spirit of the Hokie Nation. And I think that you all already learned plenty of lessons here at Virginia Tech. (Examiner)
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