So, graduates, that's what I want for all of you.
I want you all to stay true to the most real, most sincere, most authentic parts of yourselves.
I want you to ask those basic questions:
Who do you want to be? What inspires you? How do you want to give back?
And then I want you to take a deep breath and trust yourselves to chart your own course and make your mark on the world.
Maybe it feels like you're supposed to go to law school — but what you really want to do is to teach little kids.
Maybe your parents are expecting you to come back home after you graduate
but you're feeling a pull to travel the world.
I want you to listen to those thoughts.
I want you to act with both your mind, but also your heart.
And no matter what path you choose, I want you to make sure it's you choosing it, and not someone else.
Because here's the thing — the road ahead is not going to be easy.
It never is, especially for folks like you and me.
Because while we've come so far, the truth is that those age-old problems are stubborn and they haven't fully gone away.
So there will be times, just like for those Airmen,
when you feel like folks look right past you, or they see just a fraction of who you really are.
The world won't always see you in those caps and gowns.
They won't know how hard you worked and how much you sacrificed to make it to this day
the countless hours you spent studying to get this diploma,
the multiple jobs you worked to pay for school, the times you had to drive home and take care of your grandma,
the evenings you gave up to volunteer at a food bank or organize a campus fundraiser.
They don't know that part of you.