Justine Falcone’s Commencement Remarks

Justine Falcone ’13 was one of four valedictorians for Arts & Sciences and the College of Professional Studies.

The following is a transcript of Justine Falcone’s valedictory remarks to graduates during the Arts & Sciences and College of Professional Studies 2013 commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 12.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook) Class of 2013, I would like to congratulate you on your accomplishments.  It is hard to believe that just four years ago, we were freshman embarking on a journey of uncertainty, exploration, and wonder.  Today, we prepare to graduate and we embark yet again, but now we are equipped with the skills and knowledge to become successful citizens and responsible leaders.  

Our class is made up of talented scientists, musicians, athletes, artists, actors, volunteers, and more. We must celebrate all we have achieved and always continue working toward our dreams.

Above all, remember everything that Rollins has taught us.  Be a responsible leader and global citizen.  Strive to better your community and make a difference in the lives of those around you.  Fight for change, and never settle.  Most importantly, always follow your passions and you will find that happiness and personal satisfaction result.  Whether furthering your education, entering a meaningful career, or pursuing another passion, I have no doubt that all of us will achieve greatness and make this world a better place. 

As Robert Frost said, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, / I took the one less traveled by, / And that has made all the difference.”  As you travel through life, keep in mind that sometimes an intended path may change or unexpected obstacles may arise, but that’s never an excuse to give in. Sometimes the most difficult paths prove the most worthwhile.  Our time at Rollins has empowered us with the skills to fulfill meaningful lives and successful careers.  Now, it is up to us to achieve this.

Thank you.