It’s an exciting time for both high school and college graduates as they prepare to begin a new chapter of their lives. Amidst the seasonal weather, plentiful grad party barbeques, and the final days of school, graduates are afforded a very special period of reflection and celebration. I wanted to take a moment to sincerely congratulate all those who are graduating this year.

Graduates, I encourage you to think back on your years in high school or college. Graduation in itself is a wonderful accomplishment, but up until this point you have most certainly achieved many things worthy of praise. You have studied hard, read new books, broadened your perspectives, explored interests, experienced failure and success—and come out on the other side regardless.

Along with your achievements, consider all the individuals who have helped you get to where you are today. Parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, mentors, coaches, or friends may come to mind. They have added color and depth, meaning and beauty to your experience, and they deserve a word of heartfelt thanks for their support and guidance. When you stand up to receive your diploma, it is your entire support system that is being recognized and honored.

No matter what your plans are after graduating, know that you are indeed capable of whatever you put your mind to. Success is often preceded by failure, and sometimes, many failures. It is about getting up again and keeping your eye on the goal, because persistence always pays off. Remember that asking questions and requesting help is a sign of strength, not of weakness, and that the process of discovering career passions does not happen overnight. Above all, stay true to yourself and your beliefs.

As the summer begins and the next stage commences for Ohio’s graduates, I want to commend you for all your hard work, dedication, and perseverance. These traits will serve you well as you continue on the path of your individual journey. Embrace the excitement of this memorable time, knowing that there is much to reflect on and celebrate. Congratulations once again, and I wish you the best as you move onward and forward!

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