Commencement is such cause for celebration! It is a tangible ceremony acknowledging the endeavors and accomplishments of the students with whom we teach and learn as well as a reminder of the central purpose of the College. It is also an opportunity for dwelling in the land of hope and possibility inspired by commencement speeches. Our commencement speakers this year include: students Elissa Goss and Sarah Morris, faculty member Lin Nelson, and Sherman Alexie. For a sample of inspiring commencement speeches in recent years see this index which includes messages by folks like President Obama, Barbara Kingsolver, Stephen Colbert, and the Dalai Lama compiled by The Humanity Initiative. Congratulations Greener Grads of 2013!
Evergreen’s emphasis on collaborative, interdisciplinary learning across significant differences should provide graduates with the capacity to excel as a generalist. Consider the perspective shared in The Secret Power of the Generalist — And How They’ll Rule the Future by Meghan Casserly in Forbes.
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Tony Schwartz of the energy project shares his observations about how to achieve excellence in a pursuit in his blog post at Harvard Business Review in Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything. His observations reference the research on 10,000 hours of deliberate practice as well as provide reminders of what is required to tap the potential each individual to influence outcomes.
June 26 – Presentations and Public Speaking with Jane Wood of WA State Department of Personnel from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Register in advance by contacting Debi Johnson. Read the rest of this entry »