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The Mentors | May/June '16

Graduation Day

It’s that time of the year again—the time when residents and fellows present their final research papers, finish up their projects, and get ready to make their way out into the world of ophthalmology. It’s also the time to celebrate all of the accomplishments and hard work that culminate in the ceremony known as graduation—and when we listen to a seemingly unending series of graduation speeches.

Most of these speeches are easily forgotten. But, every now and then, we hear something said in a way we’ve never heard before. Those are the moments when all of the hours spent listening to other tedious speeches become time well invested. I recently came across what I consider to be one of those speeches and wanted to share it here.

The 2016 commencement address delivered by James Ryan, Dean of the School of Education at Harvard University, is certainly worth your time. As is the case with most great speeches, he keeps it simple, short, and to the point. He asks five simple yet essential questions that he deems the keys to a fulfilling life, with a bonus question at the end.

Take a moment to listen to what Dean Ryan has to say. My guess is that it will stick with you. And congratulations to all of the newly minted ophthalmologists out there and welcome to the best profession a person could ask to be part of.

Mark Kontos, MD
Mark Kontos, MD