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David Yadgaroff at podium
12/22/2009 —

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"My message to you is to set goals, learn to evolve, adapt to your surroundings, change as needed. But don’t stray from your original goal. Know what’s in your DNA," KYW Newsradio 1060 Vice President David Yadgaroff said during Penn State Brandywine's fall 2009 commencement ceremony Friday, Dec. 18.

Nearly 100 graduates accepted their diplomas and entered the country's largest alumni association in front of several hundred family members, friends and members of the campus community in the Commons Building Gymnasium. And in true Penn State Brandywine fashion, each and every graduate, some through tears, some causing roars of laughter, paused at the open mic as they walked off the stage and into a new stage of their lives.

From shoutouts to family, friends, and mentors, to a promise that "I'll move out soon, Dad!" to tears and to well wishes, the tone of the morning was nothing less than heartwarming and the room abuzz with nervous excitement.

One student, the very last to receive his diploma, couldn't have said it better. Through tears of joy and gratitude to his wife and child, Philadelphia resident Kyle Waters, now officially the owner of a degree in business, said, "I would like to thank my Penn State family. This is not just a normal college," as he gestured to his fellow graduates.

But no matter how excited or grateful or sad these new Penn State grads were feeling, they were sent off into the real world with sound advice from Yadgaroff. " Follow your heart. Work hard. Stay focused. Don’t worry when it seems too challenging. Keep pushing forward. Hard work will result in luck. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity. Be true to yourself. Be flexible. Success will come. Congratulations. You have a terrific ride ahead of you."

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