A Special Message to the Class of 2024


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Dear Graduates,

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the trials, triumphs, and transformations of your academic journey. As you don your cap and gown and step into the world beyond, you carry with you not just the knowledge acquired in classrooms, but also the resilience, perseverance, and determination that have been tested and honed along the way.

Embrace Change

Graduation isn’t just about receiving a diploma; it’s about embracing change and stepping into the next chapter of your life with confidence and determination. Whether you’re entering the workforce, continuing your education, or pursuing your passions, remember that the skills and knowledge you’ve gained will guide you through any challenges that lie ahead.

Reflections and Goals

While you celebrate this momentous occasion, take some time to reflect on your accomplishments and set new goals for the future. Whether it’s landing your dream job, starting a business, or making a difference in your community, apply the lessons you’ve learned inside the classroom to real-life situations. graduation-group

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Pearls of Wisdom

The next chapter may feel daunting at times, as you navigate through new challenges and uncertainties. Yet, there are pearls of wisdom to be found, scattered by the experiences and lessons of those who have walked this path before.

  • Invest in Yourself: Prioritize self-care, personal growth, and well-being.
  • Health is Wealth: Establish healthy habits early, such as eating right, exercising regularly, wearing sunglasses, and flossing daily.
  • Relationships Matter: Cultivate meaningful connections with family, friends, and partners.
  • Work-Life Balance: Strive for a healthy balance between work and personal life to avoid burnout.
  • Embrace Failure: Failure is a part of life; use setbacks as opportunities for growth and learning.
  • Follow Your Passions: Spend time discovering what truly excites and motivates you. Pursue your passions with enthusiasm.
  • Seek Mentors: Find mentors and role models who can offer guidance and support.
  • Practice Gratitude: Cultivate a mindset of gratitude and appreciation for the blessings in your life.
  • Live in the Present: Don’t dwell on the past or worry too much about the future; focus on enjoying the present moment.
  • Find Your Purpose: Discover what truly matters to you and align your actions with your values and passions.

Leave Your Mark on the World

As you embark on this new journey, remember that you have the power to make a difference in the world. Whether it’s through innovation, creativity, or service to others, you have the potential to leave a lasting legacy that will inspire future generations.


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Graduation marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. No matter what path you choose—whether it’s landing your dream job, starting a business, or making a difference in your community—your potential knows no bounds. As you venture out into the world, we want to congratulate you once again on this monumental accomplishment. Your resilience and dedication have brought you this far, and we couldn’t be prouder of you!

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Ivan Yong

Dr. Ivan Yong is an optometrist with over 12 years of experience in the optical industry. He earned his doctorate from the Southern California College of Optometry and has practiced in multiple settings, including private practice, community health, and ophthalmology. Dr. Yong aims to expand access to affordable eyewear and improve eye health worldwide.