Jane Werner, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, shared three words – work, kindness and abundance – with Saint Vincent College’s December graduates on Dec. 17 that described what she wished for their future and asked them to do the same.
“It’s amazing what you can do if you work at something,” she said. “You really have to love your work enough to get through all the stages … the good, the bad, the boring and the just plain ugly. So don’t give up. Your first couple of months, maybe years, will at times be frustrating and confusing. Learn all you can from the people you encounter. Find a mentor. Be patient, it takes 10,000 hours to get good at anything. Work diligently and remember to be kind to the people you encounter through your work.”
“It’s important to recognize and promote kindness more than ever,” she continued. “We need to listen to each other in kindness, respond in kindness and act in kindness. Be kind to the earth. Be kind to yourself. Be kind to one another. Always be kind.”
“I wish you an abundance of optimism,” she concluded. “I wish you an abundance of health, both physical and mental. I wish you an abundance of joy. I wish you an abundance of curiosity. I wish you an abundance of love. And finally, I wish you an abundance of peace.”
She ended her talk with a quote from the late Fred Rogers: “You’ll be the one to decide your next steps … and the next steps won’t all be easy – not by any means – but if they’re honest, they’ll be worth the try. Any real work has its tough times and any real love has its trials.”
“I wish you the kind of life’s work in which you can use the greatest part of who you are,” she concluded. “And I wish you the kind of life’s love that will enhance all that you do as well as all that you are.”
One hundred and thirty-two graduates received bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees in a traditional public ceremony marking the completion of their studies at Saint Vincent College.
Prior to her commencement address, Werner was honored with the conferral of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.
The Very Rev. Earl J. Henry, prior of Saint Vincent Archabbey, presided. He and Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president, awarded the honorary degree and the student degrees. Graduates were presented by Dr. John J. Smetanka, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean.
The commencement ceremony was preceded by a Baccalaureate Mass in the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Student Chapel and followed by a reception in the Robert S. Carey Student Center lounge.
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