Let me start with a confession: I love commencement ceremonies.
It's not the elaborate regalia, the tradition, or the choreographed deference that appeal to me - although those do add to the theater.
What I enjoy most is the commencement address, seeing heartfelt hugs between students and their mentors, and cheers from family members in the galleries.
Like Disney movies, they fill me with hope and optimism.
I came across this speech "No Mercy, no Malice" by Prof. Scott Galloway, which condenses so much practical wisdom. It is short; I recommend reading it in its entirety. Here's a snippet to entice you.