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Graduation Quotes for Daughters and Sons. Tell your A motivational message is a great way to share some words of wisdom with the graduate. You can try.

Dear Julie,

First of all, I want to tell you how proud your mother and I are of you. You have worked hard and endured a tough four-year journey. I’m certain that you’ll always look back on graduating from medical school as one of the major accomplishments in your life. You did it!

As you venture out from medical school to start a residency, I want to provide some suggestions that may help you, your colleagues, and, most importantly, your patients over the next few years.

First of all, you will be entering a health care environment in a state of flux, a condition that will probably remain for years to come. Regardless of the array of complexities—and there are many—people will continue to be patients. People not too much different than the people your grandfather cared for in northern Vermont in the 40s and 50s. In light of the MD after your name, people will believe in you and will trust that you will meet their needs. With that in mind, here are a few imperatives that definitely have not, and probably will not, change with time:

  • Your patients will continue to want you to listen to them—that is how they define respect.

  • Empathy is an essential element of quality communication with patients.2 If patients believe you understand their situation and empathize with them, you will be taking great strides to gaining their trust.

  • It is all about their history! If you have not arrived at a likely diagnosis after listening to your patients, start asking questions all over again. Most frequently the diagnosis is discovered from the patient’s history rather than from the physical examination.

Your medical license is like a new car—there is no telling where the vehicle will take you and what horizons will be opened to you over the years. Family, friends, and neighbors will all know you have skills and knowledge that might help them with their health concerns. Here is a philosophy that I have found important in my medical life:

  • Be generous. You have earned a special gift—use it freely.

  • Locally, there will always be a need for health care clinics for the homeless, the uninsured and the underinsured. As a primary care and emergency room pediatrician, volunteer your time as you have in the past. Ask your specialty care colleagues to open their office schedules to care for a few of these patients in need. Just think of the impact if each of the 16,000 graduates in the class of 2013 provided free community care in the future!

  • There are also meaningful opportunities to serve around the world. As you know and have experienced, the need worldwide is great and involvement in missions can be life changing. It is not just a matter of caring for the sick, but rather of just showing up and respecting people. This will instill a sense of hope in their lives. Pass the word! In conclusion, my daughter, I want to again congratulate you on an amazing accomplishment and wish you many wonderful years as you care for those in need.

Your loving father.


On March 15th, 16,390 American medical school seniors successfully matched to first-year residency positions in the National Resident Matching Program.1 The more than 40,000 registrants made it the largest resident match in the program’s history. In many ways, these first-year residents will be facing a rapidly changing health care world, probably with much more uncertainty than when I graduated from medical school in 1973, and possibly even more than when my father graduated in 1944.

My daughter, Julie, is one of these medical school graduates. The following is a letter I wrote to her to provide encouragement and some direction as she goes forth into uncharted waters. I’m presenting it here in The Permanente Journal with the hope that a few of her 16,000 classmates might benefit from the advice.

—Lee D Jacobs, MD, Associate Editor-in-Chief

It's graduation season, which means that college students everywhere are getting a heavy dose of advice for finding their passions, chasing success, and.

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Elisabeth Egan is a novelist and essayist, and when she writes about parenting, we drop everything to hear what she has to say. Even if, like today, it means weeping a little. OK, a lot. Here’s a brilliant letter she wrote to her daughter, who is heading off to college…

I was 14 when my family moved my sister into her freshman dorm at the school where our parents met. I don’t remember the official goodbye, but I do remember what happened when we got back into our mauve Mercury Sable with its suddenly huge backseat and opera blaring from the speakers. My mom turned to my dad and said, “If she doesn’t wave one more time, I think I’m going to die.”

Despite her passion for ear-splitting arias, my mom doesn’t do emotional outbursts in real life. Her response to any injury, from a paper cut to a fractured pelvis, is “You’ll live”; she tosses heartfelt cards in the garbage without a second thought (“What? I read it already”); and, on the morning of my dad’s funeral, she actually said, “No blubbering, girls. We’re channeling our inner Jackie Kennedy.”

The day we dropped my sister off at college was the one time I’ve ever witnessed the faltering of my mom’s stiff upper lip. I can still see her profile — hand clasped over mouth, eyes filled with tears — as she watched her firstborn walk across a courtyard to the high rise she’d call home for the next nine months. Thankfully, at the last possible moment, my sister turned and shot us a dazzling smile. Then she lifted both arms overhead, gave us a double wave and stepped through a door held open by someone else’s sweaty dad.

She was gone. We drove away.

My mom cried for the next four hours, then sporadically for about a week. I didn’t have much sympathy. I was deep in the sneer and loathing phase of adolescence, and my sister had been so ready to go, she’d taken her shower caddy for a summer-long test run, leaving me without shampoo or saline solution in the bathroom we shared. Plus, there were the clothing leftovers for me to feast on in her closet! And the cassette tapes to steal!

Now that my oldest kid is graduating from high school and getting ready to leave for college, I see my sister’s leave-taking in a new light — the light of parenthood, which is one of the brightest bulbs there is. In a funny, happy twist, our daughter is going to the school where my husband and I met 25 years ago. She is as ready for the next phase as her aunt was, and as likely to make a beeline into it with arms open wide. She may toss us a bonus wave at the last minute, but will not permit a love- and advice-fest in the parking lot. And, unlike my mom, I’ll definitely want to host one. So here, in no particular order, are the important things I’d say to my daughter if only she’d hang around long enough to listen. The most important one is at the very end.

  1. I love you. I’ll miss you. Thank you.
  2. Ignore the New Jersey jokes. Not everyone can be from a state as great as ours.
  3. I hope you’ll consider a hiatus from social media for the first ten days. Scrolling through other people’s pictures may give you the false impression that your friends have settled effortlessly into their new schools. This is just a filter. If things are so great, why are they on Snapchat?
  4. Give orientation activities a chance even if they’re weird, boring, too early, too late or too far away. I met one of my best friends on the bus back to campus after a canoe-jousting competition. Have you ever known me to canoe-joust? No. But I gave it a whirl that day, and we all love the wise, sparkly woman I met as a result.
  5. Along those lines: you’ve grown up among my college friends, but that doesn’t mean it was love at first sight with all of them. Some are people I discovered after graduation; others I never would have stuck with if I hadn’t peeled away a few layers. My point is, give people a chance. Give them five chances. However:
  6. Trust your instincts. If someone seems like a creep, they probably are.
  7. Take your work to the library even if you have everything you need to get it done in your room. There’s no place cozier than a college library at night.
  8. If you’re lucky, you will have long, late-night, soul-searching conversations with new friends. You’ll trade stories about your high school, your town and your family. Please go easy on us; we did our best!  And I’m definitely not the only mom who gossips, uses foul language, gets tons of parking tickets, drinks Diet Coke and steals her kids’ Halloween candy.
  9. Do not, under any circumstances, drink from a cup you haven’t filled yourself. You never know what someone has slipped in there. And definitely avoid punch, which is a recipe for trouble.
  10. I’m sorry I complained so much about picking you up from swim practice. I’ll miss your red cheeks, your chlorine perfume and the gravity-defying bun on top of your head.
  11. I’ll miss your half-finished friendship bracelets taped to the dining room table.
  12. I’ll miss your trail of Cheez-Its on the kitchen counter.
  13. I’ll miss the thud of your backpack in the hallway and the particular rhythm of your feet on the stairs.
  14. Thank you for loving the books I love, with the glaring exception of Anne of Green Gables.
  15. Thank you for being the best big sister. I can’t say anymore on this topic without crying so, moving on…
  16. Your room is an appalling disaster. Still, I understand why the pets flock to your bed.
  17. When someone invites you to do something you don’t want to do, you don’t owe an explanation for why you’re declining. You might say, “Sorry, I’m not going to be able to make it,” or “I have other plans, but thank you for thinking of me!” Or just plain, “No, thanks.” Don’t wait until your forties to learn how to say these words.
  18. You’ve already had the experience of not being invited to do something you wanted to do. Watching you make other plans reminds me why I picked Grace for your middle name.
  19. Complicated relationships aren’t more meaningful than easy ones, they’re just more work. The best people are the ones who make you laugh. This applies to friends and lovers. (Yes, I said lovers. I couldn’t think of a better word!)
  20. Have fun! Ride a cafeteria tray down a snowy hill, jump in a pile of leaves, make mug cakes at midnight. You’re there to learn, but your brain needs a break. And I’m not talking about back-to-back Grey’s episodes on your laptop.
  21. Listen carefully — to classmates, professors and the sound of the wind.
  22. Ask questions, ask for directions, ask for help. Even if you think you can find what you need on Google, ask a human being. We still know more than our phones.
  23. You’ve come to me with problems I didn’t have solutions for. This is a strange feeling for a parent, like being upside down on a rollercoaster. The upside is, I’ve watched you make good decisions on your own — which is not to say all your decisions will be good, or have to be good. Just that you have the tools to make a smart call. I admire that.
  24. You don’t need an earth-shattering reason to go to your professors’ office hours. Just show up; they’re waiting for you and sometimes they have snacks.
  25. There are free condoms in the health center.
  26. Get a job, and please don’t waste all your money on chai lattes.
  27. I’d aim to do laundry once a week, which is roughly three times more than you do it at home.
  28. Be brave. Go rock-climbing (on actual rocks); take an engineering class; join a singing group; be the hallmate who organizes a trip to see a lecture you saw advertised on a flier in the student center. (Do they still have fliers?)
  29. Failure is an option, although I prefer to call it redirection. You are the daughter of a writer, so you know what it means to start a story that doesn’t go anywhere. The point is to start something, have the guts to admit when it isn’t working, and the gumption to begin again. The world has an infinite supply of stories, but courage is a diminishing resource as you get older. Dive in now.
  30. Try to resist the urge to “brand” yourself, which is so much less rewarding than establishing a meaningful, nuanced identity. For instance, Daddy went for Deep Philosopher during our first semester of college; I went for Cheerful Girl (I’m sure this is hard for you to imagine). Twenty years into our marriage, we still bump up against these boxes, which are empty and take up more room than they deserve. Worth noting: we didn’t find each other until we’d stepped out of them.
  31. You know how I told you I’m your mother, not your friend? I lied. I’m both.
  32. When you were in fourth grade, going through normal friend gymnastics — high bar, low bar, balance beam, backbend — I gave you a locket that my mom gave me for my tenth birthday. Inside, I slipped a little piece of paper that said, “Be you.” The locket is long lost to the sands of Maine, but the message remains the same. Be yourself, no contortions required. And know, with each step you take away from our house, that you are the living, breathing, blue-eyed, big-hearted embodiment of the word engraved inside your parents’ wedding rings: Beloved.

Elisabeth Egan is the author of A Window Opens and the chief correspondent behind @100postcards.

P.S. 21 rules for raising teenage boys and 21 rules for raising teenage girls. Plus, the best thing my mom did as a parent.

(Photo by Daniel Douglas.)

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35 Inspirational Graduation Quotes for Your 2019 Grad

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This post is from 4 years ago, but I’m reposting it today because I think most of the advice is still appropriate today.–Arron

My eldest daughter is graduating today.  As I’ve been reflecting on this important milestone, I keep thinking of things I want her to remember as she prepares to leave for college. Here’s some of what I want Ashton to remember:

  • Don’t settle for ordinary, when extraordinary is just the next best step away.
  • Dreaming big dreams is one thing but waking up, getting out of bed, and doing the hard work to make your dreams a reality is the real thing.
  • Surround yourself with people who make it easier for you to love God and people.
  • You can’t eat your cake and have it too, but if you are going to eat cake the corner piece with all the icing is always a good choice.
  • Don’t text and drive.  For that matter, don’t eat crab legs and drive either.
  • It’s one thing to have a pretty face, but it’s a better thing to have a beautiful soul. btw…you are blessed with both.
  • Never be too busy to write thank you notes to people who have blessed you.
  • Think before you speak…or post something on Facebook you may regret.
  • It’s better to write an email and never send it than to send an email you can’t take back.
  • Make good choices because you’re going to have to look at yourself in the mirror every day…unless you stop brushing your teeth, washing your face, and fixing your hair, which would fall into the “bad choice” category.
  • Embrace the truth.
  • Remember, your name is my name and I’ll promise to do the same.
  • There is very little that an Oreo Blizzard can’t fix.
  • Don’t text when someone is trying to talk to you. It’s rude. Be present and engaged so people will know they matter to you.
  • If you ever want to hit something; hit your knees.
  • Even though you’re going to have to work to help pay for college, never forget that while in college your main job is to learn. Also, remember what Uncle Sylas Robertson said, “There are two kinds of people in this world… the educated and the unducated”
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously. Take God very seriously.
  • Love people…all people.
  • Never underestimate the power of a firm handshake and good eye contact.
  • It’s never too late to stop procrastinating.
  • Don’t cut a dog’s tail off an inch at a time. If you have a hard decision to make….make it and move forward.  Jase Robertson said it this way, “When you don’t know what you’re doing it’s best to do it quickly”
  • Take humility wherever you can get it.
  • Excuses are like armpits.  Everyone has a couple and they all stink.
  • Facebook is not the place to handle interpersonal conflicts or meet eligible singles in your area.
  • Eat rice for a year; eat steak the rest of your life.
  • Winners don’t whine, whiners don’t win.
  • Some hills just aren’t worth dying on…but, then again, some are.
  • Don’t ever fill out one of those credit card applications that you receive in the mail and are offered as you check out at Kohls.  Debt is deadly!
  • You can always come home, just don’t bring home a jerk. 🙂
  • Daughters who truly love their parents, call them at least once a week and text them more often…just not while they’re driving.
  • You never get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression…and vice versa. 🙂
  • Live Ephesians 2:10–“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
  • Remember who you are.

I love you sweetie and I’m so proud of you.  I wouldn’t trade you for all the girls in the whole world.  If I had to choose a girl to be my daughter, I’d pick you to be my daughter every time.



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Are you searching for just the right quotes from scripture to share with a graduating senior? This collection of encouraging verses for graduation cards is designed to instill hope and faith in the hearts of graduates as they celebrate their accomplishments and prepare for new life experiences. The following Bible passages are suitable for college graduates or anyone celebrating the completion of their studies.

God Is With You

Fear holds us back in life. Caution is wise, but when taken to extremes, it leads to a shriveled existence. Knowing that God is with you no matter what is a great confidence builder. Keep this truth in your heart whenever you are afraid.

...Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9, NIV)

God Has a Plan for You

God’s plan for you is not necessarily your own plan. When things don’t go as you’d like, remember that our God can bring victory out of a seeming catastrophe. Have faith in God’s love for you. That’s the true source of your hope.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

God Will Guide You

Eternal life starts now, and it cannot be interrupted by physical death. As you struggle through daily trials, you don’t have to worry about whether God is pleased with you. He is your Guide and Protector―forever.

I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. (Psalm 16:7-11, NLT)

You Can Trust God

Have you ever wondered why some older people seem so serene? They have trusted in God and have experienced firsthand how he has carried them through hard times. Start trusting God now, and you’ll have a serene life too.

For You are my hope, O Lord God;
You ​ are my trust from my youth. (Psalm 71:5, NKJV)

God Blesses Obedience

Early on you have to choose: Do I follow the world or do I follow God? Sooner or later, following the world brings disaster. Following and obeying God brings blessing. God knows best. Follow him.

How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. I have tried hard to find you—don’t let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:9-11, NLT)

God's Word Brings Light

How can you know what to do? You obey the Word of God. The Bible helps you make the right decisions. Society’s standards are false, but you can have confidence in the commands of God.

How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey. Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life. Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:103-105, NLT)

Lean on God Through Life's Confusion

When life is at its worst, that’s when you must step out and put your full trust in the Lord. It’s hard and it’s scary, but years later, you will look back on that time and see that God was with you, leading you out of the darkness.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)

God Knows What Is Best for You

Being in the will of God means grabbing onto him when your plans fall apart. God knows things you don’t. He has a bigger plan that you fit into. It can be painful, but it’s his plan that matters, not yours.

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21, NIV)

God Is Always Working for Your Good

Life can be frustrating. You set your heart on something only to see it escape. What then? Bitterness or trust in the Lord? Which way do you think leads to hope?

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. ​(Romans 8:28, NLT)

Honor God With Your Life

We all crave respect. When you’re young, many people won’t take you seriously. If you take Jesus as your model and live to honor him, eventually others will notice your integrity. When respect does come, you’ll find you’re more concerned with pleasing God than with pleasing others.

Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. (1 Timothy 4:12, NLT)

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