Among appropriate graduation sentiments are the words of Nelson Mandela: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Another saying is that of Michael Dell, "As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own."

Nelson Mandela did many great things in his life, not the least of which was pursuing an education. Not always the student he could have been in his younger days, he understood the power of education, receiving his law degree in his 70s. He also had experience in changing the world, fighting for equal opportunities for all. He was, therefore, speaking from his own personal knowledge when he talked of the value of education and its role in making important changes.

Founder of the computer company Dell, Michael Dell knows some things about thinking outside of the box. Education gets a student to the point of graduation, but to make his own mark on the world, a student has to use what he has learned to draw a new map for himself and not merely follow a formula used by the masses. His words quoted above are similar to those of Oscar Wilde who said, "Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught."