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2013 graduates, share your gift with the rest of the world

The following is a message for our 2013 graduates, Twany Beckham, Jon Hood, Jarrod Polson, Marquis Estill, Mark Evans, Brett Miller and Will Barton (graduated in December), all of whom are receiving their degrees on Sunday from the University of Kentucky, as well as a message to all graduates from UK and across the country:

As David Viscott once said, the purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give that gift away and share it with the rest of the world.

Now that you’ve been prepared to begin your true destiny, it’s time to find what you truly love to do, where you can make a difference and how you can find true success. True success is having that peace of mind, as John Wooden would say, to know you’ve done the very best you know how and have done it to the best of your ability every single day.

You learn so many things here at the University of Kentucky and colleges across the country. Part of the experience – perhaps the most rewarding – is figuring out how to work with other people. What you find out as you work with others is it’s not so much what you say; it’s what you do and how you make them feel. If you want to lead, you have to serve. If you really want to move people, they have to know you are doing it for them.

As you take the first step today to the rest of your life, you are taking the first step in leading others. You are taking the first step in finding joy, but you will realize that finding happiness is doing what you love through servant leadership.

The best lesson I can pass along to you is this: If you want life to be a little easier, live it for everyone else. If you want life to be day-to-day drudgery, live it for yourself.

Congratulations to all of the 2013 graduates, and good luck sharing your gift with the rest of the world.

Here are a few pics of some of our 2013 graduates. I’m proud of them all.