To the Class of 2013, congratulations and may your dreams come true!
“When walking, swing your arms. Reach out for the opportunities that await you; reach back to help those who follow.”
— Major General Tracy Garrett
“Success isn’t about how much money you make, or how much you accumulate. It is about the relationships you build and how many people you make a difference to.”
— Thach Nguyen
“Graduation is a time to celebrate the culmination of hard work and preparation, but it is also time to renew your commitment to your family, your neighbors, and our society. Be successful, but the greatest reward is your service to others.”
— UW Bothell Chancellor Kenyon Chan
“On behalf of Executive Development Institute (EDI), I want to congratulate all of this year’s graduates. Learning is lifelong, and in the future I hope you will enroll into our leadership development program. At EDI we are building a community of diverse global leaders.”
— Alan Sugiyama
Executive Director of EDI
“‘Do what you say you are going to do.’ The best way to build trust is to follow through on commitments you make. Trust is the foundation of success in leadership and in life.”
— Jill Wakefield
Chancellor of Seattle Community Colleges
“Congratulations! Education is truly the tide that lifts all boats. Focus means to find the information and tools you need to succeed.”
— Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Visit Seattle’s Resource Guide to Jobs and Higher Education at www.seattle.gov/teen/careers/afterhighschool.htm.
“Never forget your values; always give back to your community and life will bring you many opportunities to cherish.”
— Albert Shen
Candidate for Seattle City Council
“Stay positive, set goals, and believe that you’re capable of achieving your greatest dreams. Make it happen, because you can. Be lifelong learners, and never forget to ‘lift as you climb,’ to lend a helping hand to others, so they can be as successful as you are.”
— Dr. Jean Hernandez
Edmonds Community College President
“Service is the rent we pay for the place we occupy on earth.”
— Rear Admiral Herb Bridge
Co-chair of Ben Bridge Jewelers
“In this world, you don’t have to agree with everything and everyone. If we can agree to disagree and respect other’s views, this will be a better world. The world would be boring if everyone agreed with each other.”
— Shiao-Yen Wu
President, WPI Real Estate Service Inc.
“Follow your dreams with integrity, honesty, and discipline and help others to succeed.
Remember: Scholarship, leadership, and service to your family and community.”
— Elsie “Leilani” Taniguchi