Here’s Some Advice on Life

Notes from the first graduation attended this year:

The classic mortarboard headdress was joined by bonnets, tams and one fez at recent Denison University ceremony. The fez was worn by a professor, as were the bonnets and tams, undergrads all wear the mortarboard in the United States.  My extensive Google search did not turn up an answer to the question: What degree and/or university results in a fez as a topper? Guesses or answers appreciated.

Best advice, in my opinion, from commencement speaker, Dr. Ellen Gould Chadwick, a professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and associate director for the Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal HIV Infection section of the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago:

  • “Change directions before you feel you can’t afford to change directions.”
  • “Setting priorities is not a compromise but a choice.” Or, in other words, you can have it all but maybe not all at once.
  • And heed the words of New York Times op-ed columnist, David Brooks, who said, “the most important decision you’ll make is choosing the person you’ll marry.”  No pressure there for someone young and in love.

Two more graduations to go. I’m looking for all the advice I can get because I believe it’s never too late to make a change, even though it is more difficult when you think you can’t afford to for any number of reasons.


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