Congratulations, Baylor Class of 2018!
Congratulations, Class of 2018 — you did it!
Some 2,500 Bears walked the Ferrell Center stage over the weekend at Commencement to receive their diplomas and officially become Baylor alumni. More than 20,000 friends and family members filled the Ferrell Center for each of Baylor’s three ceremonies this weekend, and another 30,000+ watched streaming video of Commencement on Facebook and the Baylor website.
As a proud Baylor graduate who walked across that same stage many years ago, the best piece of advice I can give you is this: Stay in touch. Social media and email make it easier than ever to keep up with friends, but don’t stop there; even as your friends scatter all over the world, perhaps all over the globe, make an effort to get together on a regular basis. Maybe that’s for Baylor Homecoming, maybe it’s a group vacation, but keep those friendships going; other than your spouse, you likely won’t ever again have this much time available to build such deep friendships.
Stay in touch with Baylor, too. Sometimes graduates don’t notice it right away, but at some point — maybe when you approach your wedding, or start a new job hunt, or maybe not until your kids start to look for a college — but at some point, you’ll look back and realize just special a place Baylor is. Follow Baylor on social media to stay informed about what’s happening back here at BU, check out the Baylor Alumni Network to find and connect with your fellow Bears wherever life takes you next, and come back and visit as often as you can.
Lastly, a bit of advice from a 1957 Baylor grad, Dr. Dallas Willard:
Best of luck, new Baylor graduates. Or, as we Bears say:
Sic ’em, Class of 2018!