Life is an Unpainted Picture
Lt. Gov. Bill Boiling To Students: You Are In Control Of Your Future
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Daily News Record
At the three graduation ceremonies Lt. Gov. Bill Boiling has spoken at this spring, he hasn't had much luck with the climate. During Radford University's outdoor ceremony it rained, the heat at the University of Charleston's ceremony peaked at about 95 degrees, and during National College's commencement Wednesday night in Harrisonburg; the air conditioner wasn't working. I'm beginning to think I'm a bad omen," Bolling joked with graduates gathered in the James Madison University Convocation Center Wednesday evening. Despite some graduates fanning themselves with their hats before the processional, the small malfunction didn't put a damper on the 23rd annual commencement ceremony.
"I'm nervous and it's just hot," said Angela Morgan, 28, who received an associate degree in medical assisting. "[But] I'm excited. I barely slept at all last night." Morgan was one of 139 students who received a degree from National College President Frank Longaker and David Zimmerman, director of National College's Harrisonburg campus, following Bolling's keynote address. "I am acutely aware of the fact that five years from now ... you're not going to remember who gave this speech and you're not going to remember what I had to say," said Bolling, who drilled one motto into students' heads. "Your life is an unpainted picture. You are the artist, paint the picture well." Bolling, who has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2013, told graduates to take control of their own destiny, pursue their passion and not limit their goals.
He also reminded attendees that life is more than just being professionally successful and encouraged graduates to embrace faith, family and help others. "I believe in life, the direction we take is often decided by what decisions we make at transitional moments," he said. "This is a transitional moment in your life where you have an opportunity to begin again to paint the picture that will become the rest of your life."
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