But once again, those were decisions that I made to challenge authority.
And I encourage you to do the same but be accountable for your actions.
And judging by your speech, it's obvious that you all are.
I shook hands with a young man named Carlos this morning.
Carlos, Carlos, where is he? Where's he at? Stand up.
Carlos, do you remember our conversation?
I shook hands, I asked you how you're doing.
What'd you say?
And that's exactly what you said.
I see Carlos, I turn around and say, hey man, how you doing?
He goes, we made it.
Carlos, I applaud you for that.
Because that's the one point that I want to make today.
You made it.
You absolutely made it.
You hung in there.
You started from scratch.
You made new social circles.
You found yourself, you made new developments, your failures, your successes, your triumphs, your friendships, your experiences.
You guys made it.
Don't throw it away today.
I know a lot of you, I remember when I was sitting there, I just wanted to get my diploma and get on with my future.
The future will be there.
Your friends are here today.
Your families are here today.
Some of the friends are here today that you won't see for a while.
Celebrate, enjoy, rejoice, party responsibly.
But damn it, celebrate.
Because as Carlos, so eloquently stated, we made it.
And by some upside-down circumstances, I was lucky enough to get the 2015 leadership award.
But if there was some trophy for that award, I would leave it right here because the leaders for 2015 are sitting in these chairs in front of me.
So, in closing, it is with the utmost sincerity that I truly say to each and every one of you, I am so very proud of all of you.
And today you not only receive a diploma but trust me from a man who sat there 20 years ago, you received the best possible foundation for the future of your life that you could possibly receive.
Enjoy today, because it only happens once.
And this has been one hell of a ride.
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2015.