Despite being part of a generation that has come of age in an era fraught with conflict and unprecedented challenges, members of the Ithaca College Class of 2018 were urged to live their values and find ways to help those in need through gestures large and small.
Daniel Weiss, president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, delivered the main address at Ithaca College’s 123rd Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20.
Weiss told the more than 1,200 graduates that each of them must think about their own personal commitment.
“Devoting your life to the service of those most in need is one approach, a very laudable one,” said Weiss. “But there are other approaches, too. Gestures large and small matter — indeed, just noticing someone who is suffering or in distress can make a difference. Small gestures can add up, and over time they lead to habits. A lifetime of those habits will accumulate in powerful and highly consequential ways. My advice to you today is that you focus on the small gestures, the habits of living that reflect your values. These add up to define your character and, ultimately, your destiny.”