Notre Dame News | May 20, 2017
Father Jenkins, Provost Burish, Dean Carlson, distinguished faculty, staff, family and friends. And especially you, the members of the graduating class of 2017. This is a special day. A day to celebrate, and let me add my congratulations to you. Congratulations to each of you.
As I read about your amazing achievements and considered your outstanding education, I wondered what I might contribute here today to help equip you for your future. So I am going to share some insights that I have learned over my many years, keys that have changed my life, with help and guidance from my mentors. Let’s start with two of my many mentors and what I have learned from them. Then I will share several other keys to success and happiness.
First, I think of my wife, Peggy, whom I met my freshman year in college. Besides being the best thing that ever happened to me, she has always been an invaluable barometer on everything I do. That has convinced me that each of us needs a confidante — a friend, a family member, an associate — that will tell us when we are moving too fast or too slow or in the wrong direction and who cares enough about us to be honest about things they feel we need to know or do.