Hon­orary de­gree re­cip­i­ent re­minds Gren­fell grad­u­ates of some sim­ple things

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - News - BY DIANE CROCKER dcrocker@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrocker

COR­NER BROOK, NL – Sur­rounded by the pomp and cir­cum­stance of a univer­sity con­vo­ca­tion, Max­ine Stan­ley had some sim­ple words of ad­vice for grad­u­ates of Gren­fell Cam­pus, Memo­rial Univer­sity of New­found­land on Thursday, Oct. 5.

“No mat­ter where life takes you, there are some pretty sim­ple philoso­phies I highly rec­om­mend to fill your life with mean­ing, pur­pose and sat­is­fac­tion,” said the Grand Fall­sWind­sor mu­sic teacher, just mo­ments af­ter be­ing pre­sented with an hon­orary doc­tor of laws de­gree dur­ing the univer­sity’s fall con­vo­ca­tion at the Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre in Cor­ner Brook.

“All my life I have been taught to give,” she said. “And it’s what you should do.”

She told the grad­u­ates to al­ways be them­selves, to not lie to them­selves or pre­tend to be some­thing they are not.

“Life is too short to be any­thing but your­self,” she said.

She told them to be pos­i­tive, to look for the good in ev­ery­one, to avoid neg­a­tiv­ity and con­fronta­tions, and to be kind.

“Words are very pow­er­ful and once spo­ken the dam­age is done,” she said.

And in the world of so­cial me­dia, she said, it’s easy to type be­fore you think.

She en­cour­aged them to think of what they could do and not what they can’t, and to not be afraid to try.

She ad­vised them to be man­nerly and re­spect­ful and not to look down on some­one who has less than them or be in­tim­i­dated by some­one who has more.

Above all, she told them to find their pas­sion.

“I was lucky enough to find my pas­sion ... so will you.”

All her words were things the grad­u­ates had prob­a­bly heard many times over and should know by now.

“But they don’t,” Stan­ley said af­ter the cer­e­mony.

So it was im­por­tant for her to re­peat them.

“Be­cause I don’t think they hear it enough.”

Stan­ley said in this day of so­cial me­dia, grad­u­ates needed to be re­minded that it’s the sim­ple things in life that are im­por­tant.

“And I knew these were still chil­dren in my eye, a lot of them, and they needed a sim­ple mes­sage.”

DIANE CROCKER/THE WESTERN STAR

Af­ter be­ing pre­sented with an hon­orary doc­tor of laws de­gree, Grand Falls-Wind­sor mu­sic teacher Max­ine Stan­ley ad­dressed those gath­ered for Gren­fell Cam­pus’ fall con­vo­ca­tion at the Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre in Cor­ner Brook Oct. 5.

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