Go forth on your commencement day
To build your life in wisdom’s way.
Take with you as you start to roam
Fond memories of school and home,
For they, like seedlings of the heart,
Should be transplanted as your start
And of your future made a part.
Go forth with firm resolve to learn,
Assured life gives you what you earn.
Attempt to right what wrongs you see
Without increasing those that be.
Don’t stay content with filling space
But find a chance in what you face
To make the world a better place.
Go forth and use the gifts of youth,
But temper them with ageless truth —
And gratitude for help received
From those who in you have believed —
And patience for what time will tell
In realms where great achievements dwell.
Go forth — we surely wish you well.