cartoon courtesy of wall street journal

Dear Graduates:

“You’re pampered, privileged and oversexed–but at least your employment prospects are dim.”

This was the opening message from Rob LaZebnik in the Wall Street Journal. Mr. LaZebnik is probably correct about the difficulty of employment in these times. But there are many things you can do to fill in the free time you will have. Go to the beach, watch a movie, tweet, write a blog, or maybe hunker down in grad school. Maybe employment opportunities will improve in another four years.

Many activities take place within that precious group sitting so upright, serious and attentive, whether on a football field or indoors on bleachers. Are they really listening to the speech so carefully prepared and presented by some impressive person, and designed to instill a desire for excellence in their futures? Maybe some are, and everyone will take away some memory of the day, whether it will be the heat, the passing of the marijuana, bong, or just undercurrent horseplay. Ten years ago, my granddaughter had her little dog in her lap, which she passed to a friend when she went up to claim the coveted sheepskin. After all, the little dog had achieved degrees in both French and Communication during the past four years of his attendance with her at the University of Washington.

Seriously, the graduates of today are probably well-prepared for the challenges their chosen fields will bring. In a short four years they have become thinking adults and the skills and friendships they have formed will guide them through these difficult times. “Thinking” is the key word. They have learned to think for themselves which may be worth all the thousands of dollars their parents have invested in them.

I would advice them to ignore all the clichés of the typical commencement speech and do what their generation does best: get lucky.

Author: kaytisweetlandrasmussen83

I am a retired fine arts teacher, sculptor/painter, writer, and a native Californian. I love my family,dogs, horses, movies, reading and music, probably in that order. I have been married forever to a very nice man who is nice to old ladies, dogs and children.

4 thoughts on “TO THE CLASS OF 2013”

  1. My favourite is the student in the bottom row, second from the right. He looks overworked and poorly fed.

    The transition from learning (in every sense) to working can be a difficult one. Suddenly, you are no longer the only one that matters. In order to justify your existence you are obliged to show you are of value to others and discover that to do so involves constant hard work. It is a stark reality.

    The opportunity would be a fine thing for some, of course, and there are those who manage to make their own.

    A deceptively serious post.


    1. Probably  overworked because he studied and held down a job. Maybe he was planning to be a CPA, or heaven forbid, a teacher!  Yes it is a difficult transition, and some just don’t “get” it. I see a lot of goofy artists though!



    1. How true. Not like the good ole days.  We just passed small bottles in paper bags around!   But som e were paying atten tion I think!~  Maybe today they are smarter though in spite of how they look!  I’ve missed you.  Bisous, Me



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