A Message to the Class of 2014 from Secretary and Vice President Kimberly Goff-Crews

May 19, 2014

If I know one thing about Yale students, it is that you are eager to succeed. Your drive, your passion, and your commitment never cease to amaze me. Commencement is a time to celebrate your achievements and appreciate the unique talents you will soon carry forth into the world.

Now that you’ve turned your tassels, I want to remind you that the success you seek doesn’t always come easily. You may experience a few bumps and bruises along the way. Accomplishments don’t come in pretty packages, wrapped up in ribbons and bows. You earn them, step by sometimes-painful step.

As you contemplate your path after Yale, also remember that you are the only one who can define what success means to you. Take time to think about it. Ask yourself difficult questions.

Who are you? What do you want from life? How will you find fulfillment?

Listen carefully to the answers. Your inner voice is an excellent guide. Let it lead you toward a good life – a meaningful life – by being true to yourself and all you have to offer.

Congratulations, Class of 2014. Though you leave your years at Yale behind, remember the knowledge you’ve gained and the lifelong relationships you’ve made. Hold these things close to your heart, and Yale will always be with you.

Kimberly Goff-Crews
Secretary and Vice President for Student Life