Go forth and succeed, class of 2014!


With commencement ceremonies taking place this weekend, we thought it would be valuable to share some words of wisdom with our newly minted high school graduates.

“I have found that having integrity, strong values, being authentic and understanding the significance of touching the lives of those around you is so important to having a truly fulfilled life. Just remember along the way, when there’s failure, it can lead to success, and when there are risks, they can lead to rewards.”
Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO, Island Harvest

“Keep your eyes and your options open. There are so many possibilities opening up for you that it’s much too soon to decide what you want to do with your life.”
Peter Goodman, journalism professor, Hofstra University

“Most people I know would give an arm and a leg to be back in college. Fortunately for me, I have a great job that enables me to keep all my limbs and enjoy coming to work every day, but I’d never be where I am today had I not been open-minded, willing to fail and able to take advantage of unique opportunities. L’chaim!”
Tyler Gildin, comedian, Woodmere native

“Never cheat off the person next to you. They may be hung over and not thinking clearly.”
Jessy Affissio Prevete, sales executive, Franklin Square

“Every handshake counts. If you honor each and every person you meet, shake their hand and inquire about what they do, your potential will be limitless.”
Denise Langweber, president, Wantagh Chamber of Commerce

“Work hard. The world doesn’t owe you anything. And take the time to enjoy every day. Pause long enough to be aware of the beauty around you — pay attention and truly notice it.”
Barbara Selvin, assistant professor, Stony Brook University School of Journalism

“No matter what your friends tell you, nothing good ever happens after 2 a.m. Leave the bar, go home, shut off your phone and go to bed.”
Danielle Rosa, Ph.D., Franklin Square

“If you don’t enjoy your work, you can’t master it. And you have to have a life plan. I don’t think you can just drift through life. It’s OK to change your plan, but you can’t just drift.”
Jack McKeon, former Rockville Centre police commissioner

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