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A Preemptive Ode to the Class of 2024

Everyone knows I have a lot of trouble keeping track of dates, so when it comes to whose graduation is on what date, I am the least reliable person to know when everyone needs congratulations.

In an effort to get ahead of the inevitable part where I lose track of things, I'm just gonna give everyone a pep talk early and evenly. It's 100% fair for everyone, and it's 100% fool-proof for me.

(And yes, last week I vented all of my deep and spicy feelings about my own coming graduation, so it's two graduation-themed blogs in a row. And I won't take no for an answer!)


As we stand on the threshold of a new chapter, let's reflect on the myriad of choices that have shaped our academic journey. Graduation emerges as a crescendo, marking the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and countless decisions. 

Much like crafting a delightful swirl at Suzy's Swirl, each choice made along the academic path contributes to the rich tapestry of our experiences. From selecting our majors to choosing extracurricular activities, every decision adds its own unique flavor to our academic experience.

But graduation isn't just about receiving a diploma; it's about embracing the opportunities that lie ahead. It's a celebration of resilience, adaptability, and the courage to pursue our dreams in the face of uncertainty.

As we don our caps and gowns, let's approach life after graduation with intentionality and purpose. Just as we carefully select toppings for our frozen yogurt cups, (but not too carefully because we don't want our yogurt to melt!) we must approach the future with optimism and enthusiasm. Every decision we make—whether it's choosing a career path or deciding where to live—will shape our future trajectory.

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2024! May you continue to make bold and flavorful choices as you embark on this new adventure. Cheers to the journey ahead, filled with (delicious) success, (frozen) happiness, and (tasty) fulfillment!

Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don't let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.

Jim Carrey


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