Hanna Mae Reichel

Things you already know

I am honored to address the members of the class of 2013 and all of their fans - we would not be here without you, and we know it (even if sometimes we'd like to pretend otherwise).

See, this is the thing about a commencement speech that puzzled me at first: Virtually anything I - or anyone, for that matter - says from this podium, you already know. You guys are a bunch of smarty pants.

So I asked myself, if you know it already, why should I bother saying it again? What's in it for you, for me, for this wonderful audience?

And here's the thing: It does no harm to be reminded of how much you know - how much you've learned, how far you've come, how far you will go.

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