I would like to sincerely congratulate you upon your graduation on the behalf of
Wachemo University and myself. You all accomplished one of the major early milestones of
your lives: University graduation. This is a major step in the journey of your lives, one that
should be recognized for its immense significance. It is an act not only of personal commitment,
but also one of pride. You all worked hard to get to this day, and your work did not go to waste.
Well, you did it. Congratulations!
But graduation is not an end goal in itself; it is instead a part of the larger journey of life.
Wherever your future takes you, let it take you somewhere. Life is a journey, and all
accomplishments you achieve during its course should be taken as starting points for further
achievements. Your graduation should serve as such a launching point, projecting you to
wherever your futures are meant to take you, whether you land yourselves a career, take up a
trade, or continue your education.
But before you can begin to reach for the stars, there is one more personal milestone that
your all need to reach. Most people who graduate from University experience only one
graduation. But you all have one more shortly ahead of you. You’ve already shown your
commitment to personal growth through making it to this ceremony today, but soon, all of you
will experience another ceremony when you graduate from your programs. As I said before, life
is a journey— you don’t stop growing once you get your degrees. Life is about growing, and
being in your programs gives each of you new opportunities to continue growing and to learn
new skills that you will carry with you for the rest of your lives.
And you don’t have to stop there! This graduation has already shown you how capable
you all are of accomplishing your goals when you commit yourselves to them. I hope all of you
here today can take this personal accomplishment as an example of how anything is truly
possible when you put your minds to it. As you all continue on in your lives, take each new
problem on with confidence, knowing that you have achieved great heights and are equipped
with the necessary tools to tackle your futures.
The road that lies ahead may not be easy. There will be obstacles and missed exits,
potholes and roadblocks. But that doesn’t mean you give up on yourselves. Keep pushing,
because you know you can achieve your dreams, and because you are worth it.
From this day forward, I encourage you to make each decision with your best interests in
mind. Believe in yourselves so that you may reach your goals and fulfill your dreams. Let us be
the best that we can be so that we may fill our lives and the lives of those closest to us with
happiness and with pride. You’ve already taken the first step by making it to this ceremony
today—now, it’s time to take the next steps in the journey that is your lives and begin to build
your futures. Let your light shine in the society!!
Tessew Gebre (Ph.D),
President of Wachemo University