What Graduation Won’t Tell You!

What Graduation Won’t Tell You!


On Friday afternoon I drove to Boulder to meet my boyfriend for coffee. The traffic at 2pm was atrocious because the University of Colorado was graduating its largest class ever – 6,000+ students.


I didn’t realize it was graduation weekend.

Tonight (Sunday) I’m in a hotel room in Billings, Montana (where more graduations are happening) and I happened to stumble across Charles Wheelan’s NPR interview, What Graduation Won’t Tell You and his Wall Street Journal article, 10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You.

Even if you didn’t graduate, have a child that graduated, or have any connection to a student(s) graduating this year, I think Charles Wheelan’s message is appropriate for all and it’s good ‘food for thought.’


1. Your time in fraternity basements was well spent.

2. Some of your worst days lie ahead.

3. Don’t make the world worse.

4. Marry someone smarter than you are.

5. I’m sorry.

6. Help stop the Little League arms race.

6.5. Read obituaries.

7. Take time off.

7.5. Your parents didn’t want what was best for you.

8. Don’t model your life after a circus animal.

9. It’s all borrowed time.

10. I have no idea with the future will bring.

10.5 Don’t expect to be great.


The book, 10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said, by Charles Wheelan was released on May 7, 2012.