"Dear Graduates"

The event: Commencement address at Carmichaels (PA) Area High School 2001 graduation

The audience: High school graduates, their parents, and faculty

The speaker: A graduate-who-made-good, class of 1971

The title: Untitled

The story: Carmichaels is a tiny town in the Pennsylvania coal country south of Pittsburgh. The speaker left Carmichaels right after high school and never looked back, eventually becoming a marketing mover-and-shaker in the high-tech industry. Most Carmichaels graduates don't have that kind of vision when they leave school. But the Class of 2001 did.

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