So many of you are too young to remember why Diana, Princess of Wales, was such a remarkable person.  She pissed off most of Buckingham Palace, was her own woman, and wasn’t afraid to get down out of the motorcade and be with the regular people.

She was a regular person, just with a title and fancy clothes.  

Among the first big “names” to visit, talk to, and even touch those dying of AIDS in English hospitals, Diana’s trademark was her ability to break down insurmountable barriers.


Good morning, esteemed faculty and families of my fellow graduates.

It’s an honor to be standing up here today. I know that we all think that we are immortal- we are supposed to feel that way; we are graduating. But like our brief four years in high school, what makes life valuable is that it doesn’t last forever. What makes it precious is that it ends, and I know that now more than ever. And I say it today of all days to remind us that time is luck, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Make yours count for something. Fight for what matters to you, no matter what… because even if we fall short, what better way is there to live?

It’s easy to feel hopeful on a beautiful day like today, but there will be dark days ahead of us, too. There will be days where you feel all alone, and that’s when hope is needed most. No matter how buried it gets, or how lost you feel, you must promise me that you will hold on to hope. Keep it alive. We have to be greater than what we suffer. My wish for you is to become hope. People need that. And even if we fail, what better way is there to live?

As we look around here today, at all of the people who helped make us who we are, I know it feels like we’re saying goodbye, but we will carry a piece of each other into everything that we do next- to remind us of who we are, and of who we’re meant to be.

I’ve had a great four years with you. I’ll miss you all very much.

Gwen Stacy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (via teenblunder)