Another grandson has graduated! This one became a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration a couple of days ago at Southern Connecticut State University. It was a bright sunny day and Danny got quite a sunburn sitting for those hours on the bleachers. His other grandmother and I found that such events can require a really long exhausting walk from car to bleachers. We did learn that they had a station to help those with disabilities and they found us seats without our having to negotiate the steps of the bleachers. We also learned about the shuttle which was a blessing in getting back to our car.

It was hard to pick Dan out from among over a thousand black-robed graduates filing in. Finally, however, we heard his name called and saw him receive his diploma and shake the hand of whomever he shook hands with. It was a delight to be there to see this tall, handsome young man, with his tassel to the right, who had applied himself and reached this goal. Grandmotherhood does have its joys! And I’m sure Dan thought graduating was a joy! Not to mention his parents!

There were, of course, more speeches than we needed to hear, with the sun shining down on us well past lunchtime. We had the usual invocation, musical interludes, and introductions of university personnel. But another reason I decided to blog about this event was that one of the speakers quoted something that Mother Teresa is reported to have had on her wall. I wanted to put that inspiring quote online:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

It so happens that the speaker ended the quote with “Do good anyway.” No doubt it was deemed politically incorrect to bring God into the graduation ceremony of a State university. It’s a wonder they dared to mention Mother Teresa!

Congratulations, Dan. Go, and do good anyway!