Last Updated on June 13, 2016 by Andre Loftis

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Commencement season is once again here, and whether you’re a new grad or have just disembarked on your ten year high school or even college reunion, there’s no denying the heartfelt sentiments that most choose to pass on to the outgoing class. And while most time leading up the big day can be spent overthinking the “what if’s” of life’s uncertainties, we wanted to hear from the grads themselves. Bevel Code tapped a few graduates to find out what their thoughts are before the big day, and more importantly, their thoughts, fears and expectations on their path to the future.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”64906″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]“I’m ready to see what happens in the next stage of my life. The best advice I’ve gotten from a mentor is to keep working and striving for success even when there are hurdles. Those hurdles should not discourage me from continuing my journey.” — Daniel Ademola[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”64907″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]“The biggest hurdle I had to overcome in college was understanding my differences aren’t a handicap, but a part of me. I didn’t have to apologize or be ashamed, because people, dreams and gifts are not created without purpose. The hurdle I had to overcome was more so internal, truly and sincerely understanding that my difference actually makes a difference. The most valuable lesson I learned was to be comfortable with the person you are and are becoming, and having integrity to remain true to that person you’ve found.” — Dominique Johnson[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”64909″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]“The most valuable lesson I learned in college was that you’re responsible for how your life plays out. Action or inaction, it’s a choice you were given and the decision you made is what caused the events of the present and future. I had to believe in myself and remind myself that I was just as good as anyone else and that my age wasn’t hindering me, but it would actually help in the long run.” — Kenny Botchway[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”64908″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]“The only fear I have is not living up to my potential. Find your passion and you’ll never work a day in your life.” — Omarr Henry[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”64910″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]“The most valuable lesson I’ve learned over the past four years is the importance of being bold and saying “Yes!” Opportunities to travel during the past few years came knocking and I could have easily said not to them because it would take me out of my comfort zone. I chose to say “yes,” and the experiences have been life changing. Being able to move to new places forced me to…Read more at[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text el_class=”small”]Words by Chatel Theagene[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]