This Is Just The Beginning

A reminder to Butler University’s graduating class.


If this was the best four years of our lives, then we have failed.

I want to thank all of you because my time at Butler University has been unforgettable. I’m sure it’s the same for most of you. But this can’t possibly be the pinnacle of our lives. There is no way it’s all downhill from here.

We are too talented to allow that to be true. We have grown and experienced too much during our time for us to settle.

We have learned too much to just take what life gives us.

We have learned from our faculty and administration that just because an institution has done well for over a hundred years, that we should not stop seeking new ways to make it better.

We have learned from campus maintenance that a beautiful, few hundred acre oasis can thrive in the middle of a major city.

We have learned from the liberal arts the importance of understanding and empathy.

We have learned from Butler Ballet and all of JCFA that hard work and passion makes our small Midwest campus a center of world-class art and grace.

We have learned from our College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences that endless hours of discipline and dedication leads to a life of successfully making others healthier.

We have learned from our College of Business that size doesn’t define us; that problem-solving and innovation makes us competitive.

We have learned from our basketball team that other’s expectations are merely suggestions and pale in comparison to our own aspirations. We have learned that grit and grind, led by humble brilliance, hangs banners.

We have learned from the team’s four year starting point guard that where you start does not determine where you finish. We have learned what it means to embody a mission and a commitment in order to lead by example. We have learned that heart and hustle trumps all.

For all of those reasons, we learned that this place is better than that school to the south and more importantly, we learned that we can be greater than we ever thought.

However, we must not be afraid of being greater
just because we are leaving the safety of our ‘Butler Bubble’.

Right before I revisited this post to make my final edits, I came across a quote in a book that seemed poetically appropriate for all of us:

“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”

Most of us are set to have great careers but we must not fall into simple competency because we are enticed by financial security and afraid to fail.

We must continue to exceed expectations and break rules. We must continue to challenge ourselves to strive for what seems impossible. We must take everything we have learned at this university — everything that wasn’t in some textbook — and continue to change our lives and the lives of others.

Again, I thank you all for what you have done for me. I thank you all for the support. I thank you all for the memories.

But this will not be the best four years of my life. The rest of my life will build on everything I take with me from this place in order to make each year better than the last. And my dreams will always be big enough to scare me. I expect the same from all of you.


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