Well, thank you, President Mellow, distinguished faculty, friends and above all else the Graduating Class of 2013.
It is a great honor for me to share in your accomplishment and pride today.
But I must admit that I approached this address with some trepidation.
I suppose that more commencement speeches have been delivered more seriously, listened to more attentively, and forgotten more promptly than any other form of human communication.
So I will try to be brief and practical.
My advice is grounded in my own experience.
And my experience, in many respects, is not that different from many of yours.
I grew up with the idea that college was more an aspiration than an expectation.
I saw my parents struggle most of their lives and the daily battle to keep afloat sometimes even drained what hopes and dreams they had for me.
They didn't go to college and neither did my only, older sibling.
My father sorted mail for the post office.
He worked nights because it paid 10% more than a day shift.
My mother was a receptionist at a burglar alarm company — one of the few growth industries in our neighborhood.
I grew up in the Linden Houses, which, as some of you know, is a housing project in East New York.
It was and is a tough neighborhood, though it produced some accomplished people who, despite or maybe because of their background, did well.
I attended Thomas Jefferson high school, which has since shut down as a high school and operates different training programs for various skills.
1.post office 邮局
例句:The post office got behind in delivering Christmas mail.
2.burglar alarm 防窃报警器
例句:This “burglar alarm,” scientists speculate, is meant to attract the attention of an even bigger creature that might be able to eat the predator and free the jellyfish.
3.growth industry 成长行业
例句:That’s probably why investors around the globe are flocking to farmland as the new growth industry.
4.shut down 关闭
例句:So I have to shut down my blog.