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"It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique." Conan O’Brien
A nice commencement sentiment given at Dartmouth College, in context and with reference to UNL alumnus Johnny Carson below:
"Way back in the 1940s there was a very, very funny man named Jack Benny. He was a giant star, easily one of the greatest comedians of his generation. And a much younger man named Johnny Carson wanted very much to be Jack Benny. In some ways he was, but in many ways he wasn’t. He emulated Jack Benny, but his own quirks and mannerisms, along with a changing medium, pulled him in a different direction. And yet his failure to completely become his hero made him the funniest person of his generation. David Letterman wanted to be Johnny Carson, and was not, and as a result my generation of comedians wanted to be David Letterman. And none of us are. My peers and I have all missed that mark in a thousand different ways. But the point is this: It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound re-invention.”
The full transcript isn’t bad, either. Go Big Red!
Congrats to the 2,800 new University of Nebraska-Lincoln grads!!
UNL Commencement is today and tomorrow.
(While we’re at it, a tiny celebration of one year of Going Big Red, too.)
More than 700 #UNL dreams come true this weekend. http://go.unl.edu/8bz Earning a University of Nebraska-Lincoln degree is life-changing accomplishment. A dream, coming true. It doesn’t just happen. The degree and the dream become real because students take ownership over their experience. UNL offers the classes and the support students need to succeed. But it’s the students who make it happen. Congrats to all of the graduates. You are giving yourselves more choices for a lifetime. And that is definitely worth celebrating. Go Big Red!
More than 700 #UNL dreams come true this weekend. http://go.unl.edu/8bz
Earning a University of Nebraska-Lincoln degree is life-changing accomplishment. A dream, coming true. It doesn’t just happen. The degree and the dream become real because students take ownership over their experience. UNL offers the classes and the support students need to succeed. But it’s the students who make it happen.
Congrats to all of the graduates. You are giving yourselves more choices for a lifetime. And that is definitely worth celebrating. Go Big Red!
Here’s another one from the May class of 2010.
I heard a story on the radio a couple weeks ago about Fred Harvey, a visionary in the travel/hospitality industry. He was passionate about perfecting the customer experience.
It made me think of Kevin Sicner, a senior from Omaha graduating from UNL in Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management.
Kevin has a passion for his major – one that his fellow honors students occasionally ribbed him for choosing. Why wouldn’t a straight-A student select a course of study with a higher profile?
Passion, that’s why. Kevin has an interest and he followed it at Nebraska. Now, he’s ready to begin his career working with a company that may allow him to work all over the nation from Wyoming to North Carolina.
I don’t know what the future holds for Kevin, but with his degree from UNL and his passion for the work, I’m sure he’ll go far.
Congrats, Kevin Sicner - Go Big Red.
2,000 graduates. 2,000 stories. Here’s one from the May class of 2010.
She started attending UNL at 25. A single mother, Jennifer Korgie had seen enough of “real life” to know that getting a degree would make a big difference long term.
She also knew it wouldn’t be easy.
Korgie needed support from friends and family. Guidance from her adviser, Sara Yendra. Wisdom from the staff in the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid to help her find a way through the tuition bills.
And she hasn’t just gotten by – Korgie is one of the top students in her environment studies program. She took the challenge of pursuing a UNL degree, and she took it seriously.
Now, after all of the time and energy and sacrifice, Jennifer Korgie is just days away from commencement. She’s getting that degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln – and with it, a lifetime of options for herself and her daughter.
Congrats, Jennifer Korgie - Go Big Red.
Jeffrey Raikes. The man’s job is to give away billions. To do good. May all UNL grads listening at Commencement enjoy such work during their careers.
Earning a college degree is life-changing accomplishment. Which makes Commencement a big day at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
2,000 Huskers will realize that dream and become alumni on May 8. When you add the thousands of friends and family coming to bear witness, that’s a lot of hopes and dreams to squeeze into the Bob Devaney Sports Center. A lot of hopes and dreams.