ABC13 anchors and reporters offer advice to graduates

As high school and college graduates celebrate their accomplishments and make their way out in the world, we share a few words of advice.

Ted Oberg:

I didn't get to graduation day through my own work alone and maybe you didn't either. We all had help. Before you throw your mortarboard skyward, put pen to paper and write an old fashioned thank you to someone who helped you get there - parents, teacher, coach, aunt, friend, someone. Congratulations. Ted

Kevin Quinn:

Kevin Quinn celebrates his daughter's graduation from elementary school

My advice for graduates: Work hard. Don't let up. Set a new goal. Stay focused. What's your next great adventure? Be diligent. And don't forget something my Dad repeatedly told us: "Stay within yourself." If you can't figure out exactly what that means, maybe you should consider it more.

Jeff Ehling:

Remember the words of Master Oogway, "The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift. That's why they call it the present."

Ilona Carson:

Ilona Carson's graduation from University of Pennsylvania

This is a crucial time in your life to devise a plan. Think about where you want to end up, and work backwards to develop concrete steps to get there. Remember, a goal without a plan is a dream!

Jessica Willey:

Jessica Willey and friends at their high school graduation

For high school graduates: Be smart about social media. There is always a record.
For college graduates: Don't expect to make the big bucks right away. Some of your best memories may be from when you had to struggle.

Pooja Lodhia:

Pooja Lodhia's graduation photo

I only have one piece of advice: Don't be a cynic. Rolling your eyes never makes you as cool as you think it will.

If you work hard, smile a lot, and believe things will work out, they probably will. If not, you can always start over.

Deborah Wrigley:

Advice to grads:
1. Listen to your parents. Youth has no advantage over experience. And years from now, you may realize they knew more you gave them credit for.
2. Good electricians and plumbers can retire millionaires. Trade schools are trendy now.
3. Watch what you post on social edit. Do you really want your potential boss seeing THAT picture?
4. Tell the people who got you this far "thank you!"

Elissa Rivas:

Elissa Rivas at her graduation

'You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.' - Oprah

Tom Koch:

"If you don't take time to laugh, you are wasting time" -- A quote from my dad

Steve Campion:

Steve Campion at his graduation from University of Florida in Gainesville

Dream big and dream often. Push yourself beyond your limits. Force yourself out of your comfort zone, so you grow in ways you never knew. Follow your heart and stay true to what you believe in. Every day is a chance to learn, to make an impact, and to give back. Most importantly, you'll get kicked down in this life. Stay there only to catch your breath, brush yourself off, and move on. Life is far too short for regrets, far too fleeting to wish you took a leap of faith.

Foti Kallergis:

Foti Kallergis at his graduation

"Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude." - Ralph Marston

"If you're not first, you're last." - Ricky Bobby . - Yes, I quoted Ricky Bobby.

Samica Knight:

Samica Knight on her graduation day

Congratulations on your graduation! You did it. Now work harder than you have every worked in your life.
As a young graduate I remember thinking, 'Why are all the adults telling me the exact same thing'? As an adult with years of life experience, I now know why.
Set your goals, write them down and when you feel like giving up, look at them and fight even harder to achieve those goals. Working hard and fighting for your goals helps you live life with few regrets. There are so many people who wish they could go back and change things but with hard work you can be one who'll get it right the first time. That's what the "adults" in my life told me ... and it works :)
The best of luck!

Christine Dobbyn:

Christine Dobbyn's high school senior class photo

It's great to have a final destination you're focused on, we all have one. But on the way there don't be in such a rush, take the scenic route... and you know all those scenic overlooks? Be sure and stop at each and every one of them because God put them there for a reason!

Favorite quote:
"It's never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot

Miya Shay

Miya Shay's graduation photo

Congratulations to all the graduates, and to the teachers, professors, parents and others who helped guide them to their accomplishments.

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