It's officially graduation weekend with many Hudson Valley high school seniors walking across the stage to get their diploma on Friday and Saturday.

Robert Churchill

With it being graduation weekend, I've been reflecting on my high school and college graduations. I can't get over the fact that it's been 10 years since I graduated high school and looking back on it I think I took it for granted. High school flew by as did college and now that I'm in the real world there are times I wish I could go back and maybe tell young me to enjoy it more and stop stressing so much.

On the show today, mostly as a joke, I had to write a motivational speech for the Hudson Valley graduates. I did some research for graduation speeches and came across several famous commencement speeches with advice from Ellen DeGeneres:

"Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else's path. Unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path, then by all means you should follow that… Be true to yourself and everything will be fine."

and Jessica Lang:

"Be present. I would encourage you with all my heart just to be present. Be present and open to the moment that is unfolding before you. Because, ultimately, your life is made up of moments. So don't miss them by being lost in the past or anticipating the future."


But it has me thinking, what advice would you give the 2017 graduating class? Share your best advice with us and lets hope the new graduates put the fidget spinners down and take it in.

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