Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Commencement Reunion

Diana Davis Spencer ’60

DIANA DAVIS SPENCER '60: Thank you very, very much, Dale. I am really proud to be a Wheaton graduate and so humbled to receive this honorary degree. I am also proud to be following my extraordinary mother, Kathryn Davis, now 103, who received her honorary degree from Wheaton just two years ago. I am so happy she's here today.

President Crutcher, Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, families of graduates, my dear family and dear friends, the super Class of 1960, and above all, the superlative class of 2010, this is such a special day. Not so long ago--at least it doesn't seem like it--I was sitting in your seat. I have to admit that while I was waiting to receive my cherished diploma, I was slightly distracted, thinking about my forthcoming summer trip to Europe with Wheaton pals and our adventures using the trusty guidebook, "Europe on Five Dollars a Day."

At my Wheaton graduation I really wasn't pinning my future on any one course. I just felt that my liberal arts education would be my passport to something of value. Some of you, I'm sure, have clearly defined next steps, while others have no idea where the road will take you.

I was one of those.

For example, I never dreamed that my road would lead to the trash arena, fighting to de-clutter landfills, changing the throw-away society mindset, and advocating at the State House for the Bottle Bill to pass in Massachusetts.

I never dreamed that my road would lead me to a school for delinquents, where I would mentor troubled teens whose rough edges softened as they garnered trust in me.

I never dreamed that my journey with my two daughters would give me the opportunity to be a strong advocate for special education and the passage of legislation Chapter 766. And I never dreamed that my road would lead me to the print media arena, where I delve into hearts and souls and had the opportunity and privilege to write about inspirational individuals.

Graduates, please dare to dream. And armed with your cherished diploma, be open to opportunities, both the expected and, most important, the unexpected. You have miles to go. To you, the Class of 2010: I'm cheering you on. Good luck and Godspeed.

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