(music) My friends, it is graduation season. That
means it is advice season on America’s nearly 5,000 campuses, where newly minted
graduates and commencement guests will hear the same cliches over and over again.
In fact, I have made most of them… Be true to yourself. Follow your dreams.
Life is about the journey not the destination. Now, while those well-worn
platitudes are well-worn for a reason for this Gee Mail I’m not here to preach.
Instead, we’re going to meet members of the class of 2019 to capture the
reflections on their time at West Virginia University and of course to see
what’s their futures hold. So, before we throw our caps in the air, let’s see what
words of wisdom our newest graduates can share with us. How has the University been for you? It’s been one of the best experience of my life…probably the best. And why do you say that? I’ve learned so much. I’ve grown so much as a person. The people here that I’ve gotten the chance to learn from is something truly special. And what brought you to West Virginia University? To come and enjoy the good education in West Virginia. This guy’s going far, as a matter of fact. So it’s been a great place for you then. Really a great place. The greatest risk of all that
you will face is giving in to your fear of taking risks. I’m from Barbour County–super small rural area. There wasn’t a lot of access to some good primary care. So my goal was to come
to medical school to go back home and that’s the plan. You’re doing it
and I think I think that that… I’ve got three offers back home already. I think that that is fabulous. Even after earning your degree remember
that in some ways like John Snow, you know nothing. Treat everyone around you
as a teacher regardless of title or background. So, have you found your purpose? Yes. I’m going to be doing pediatric dentistry and, hopefully, patients with special needs. Are you coming back to the state? I’d love to. Promise me you’ll come back to the state. Otherwise we won’t let you out. Otherwise I won’t sign your diploma. All the professors here are very, very caring and approachable, and have provided a great assistance to me as an
international student and as a graduate student here. I definitely have learned a lot. How has the University been for you? Absolutely amazing. I couldn’t have imagined anything else. I’m so sad to see it go. I know. I know. Come here. Give me a big hug. Oh my gosh. Well it is sentimental isn’t it. Why has the University been so important to you? It’s my home away from home. I don’t want to leave. (music) Graduates, your studies have prepared you
for many scholarly and professional paths, but more importantly they have
given you the tools to be community leaders and informed global citizens. Our
world is looking to you for new ideas and creative solutions. So, I cannot be any prouder for these new graduates, and I assure you that they will be making
the world a better place every step of the way. Even for those of us not donning
a cap and gown this year we can certainly learn a thing or two from this
class of great Mountaineer. So, to the rest of the class of 2019 please do not
forget us. Remember that country roads will always take you home. Without
further ado, there is one slogan we say at West Virginia University among our
family that can carry you through wherever you may roam and that is two
simple yet powerful words…Let’s Go!


  1. S. Michael DeHart aka WVUmounties8 says:

    A huge Mountaineer CONGRATULATIONS to the Class of 2019!!

  2. Sherry Mcwatters says:

    Congrats to the Class of 2019 and especially my nephew Wesley, graduating from School of Dentistry, heading to U of FL for Oral Surgery School! Let's Go Wes!

  3. Fakunle Maroof says:

    Congrats to my dear brother may heaven give you a good job

  4. olivia r says:

    every dislike is from a Longhorn fan

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