Scott Simons

Commencement 2007

Remarks of Class President
Scott I. Simons '07

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Wow, we're here. Welcome graduates, faculty, administrators, family, and friends.  We come together today to celebrate the culmination of four years of hard work, good times, and success. I would like to start by saying congratulations to the Class of 2007 for persevering through the trying times and, in the end, finding that success. If it were not for your hard work, you would not be sitting here today.

Professors, on behalf of the class, I would like to thank you for investing your time in our futures. Your support has made this journey a little more bearable. To all the family and friends, your faith and love have been a source of strength, and for that, we cannot thank you enough.

There are two more thank you's I'd like to talk about. One is to our senior class vice president, Shannon O'Rourke. Shannon, I don't think I could have done this without you. The other one is to my parents, specifically my father. I couldn't have done it without you – the midnight phone calls, the frantic moments where you calmed me down. Your strength gave me strength, Dad. Many of us feel the same way toward our own parents, for this I'll just say thank you to all those who made this day possible.

Now graduates, we've been faced with many choices these past four years.  Some of them we wish we had never done, others we wish we could replay in our heads a million times. But in the end, it’s those experiences which shape every detail about us; if we were to reverse any of them, we would not be at the exact place or the exact person we are today. So graduates, I urge you to just LIVE. Make mistakes, but learn from them. Have wonderful times, but never second guess who you are, where you have been, and most importantly, where it is that you are going…just have faith that life is happening as it should.

Many of us came here to Illinois Wesleyan University not knowing a single person. We left our friends and families and that comfort zone to start a new episode in the reality series we call “Life.” Some of us were scared, some excited, but we all had one thing in common…we were in a new environment called Illinois Wesleyan University. Now, we're faced with the same scenario.  We are graduating college and we are once again leaving our friends, but with what we have learned here throughout our years, we are better prepared for what lies ahead. Always remember those who stood by you and helped you, for they are part of the reason we are here today.

This is the fun part. You all know what I'm talking about? Who remembers Fall Festival Convocation? We were sitting in Shirk, and it was unbearably hot, and we were all getting antsy to get back to doing our thing, I'm not going to even start what that was. But we all came together, and Sandra Steingraber had to stall. So she decided she was going to tell us about her pregnancy. And that scarred so many of us. But I'm not saying this word alone, because I can't do it justice, so you guys are going to have to help me on the count of three, OK? One, two, three, OUT! Again I'd like to say congratulations to every member of the class of 2007. I wish you the best of luck in whatever path you choose.  Be strong…be proud…and get OUT!!!