On June 16, Hamlin’s class of 2017 graduated on a beautiful late spring San Francisco day. We were honored to have Arianna Huffington give the keynote address. Arianna Huffington is a Greek American author, syndicated columnist, and businesswoman. Huffington was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.
Before Ms. Huffington’s speech, graduating students Maya P., Sarah H., and Ava L., spoke eloquently about fearlessness, common humanity, and the Hamlin creed. Ms. Huffington then shared several poignant remarks, many focused on how self-care and success go hand and hand.
She made the following points (among others):
-We need to take better care of ourselves than our smart phones.
-We need to change our language, no more “you snooze, you lose.”
-Get more sleep, sleep makes everything better, your social life and your grades.
-At night, turn off all your devices, gently escort them out of your bedroom.
-We are all addicted to our devices.
-The deepest wisdom and creativity comes from disconnecting from our devices.
-I have a quote by Rumi by my bedside, “Live life as though everything is rigged in your favor.”
-Life is shaped from the inside out, this is validated by modern science.
-Stay connected to the essence of who you are, your wisdom, where everything is possible.
Ms. Huffington concluded by stating, attend to your well-being, don’t let life’s mystery pass you by.
In Ms. Holland Greene’s closing words she said, how will you use your privilege to help others? History has its eyes on you.
Click below to watch a portion of Ms. Huffington’s speech: