Valedictory Speakers

Insulander, Claes

President Wright, members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, students, families, and guests. Aloha and thank you for being here tonight.

For me, the best way to accomplish something is simple: Just do it - with all your heart.

At one point, I realized that the biggest obstacles I had to overcome were the ones I created myself. The fear of failing, the doubts of not being good enough, and the limit I put on my own ability.

Sometimes I still feel the same, but I know I can overcome any obstacle if I just do it.

Some years ago, I started a software company and was showing a demo to a major customer. They asked me to add several features before they would buy the software. I agreed even though I had no idea how to do it. I knew it could be done. So I did it.

As part of my physical army placement test I had to squeeze a handle and score 7 or above. After failing my first attempt I was able to convince the officers to let me try again. With the loud support of everyone in the room, I squeezed and barely passed. The insignificant difference in score had a significant effect on my life

We don't always get a second chance. So give it your best shot from the start.

While attending HPU, I worked as hard as I could. I also had the support of my family, friends, professors, fellow students, and girlfriend. Needless to say, I never needed a second chance.

I see life like crossing rivers of possibilities by jumping from stone to stone. I don't hesitate to jump because as I go, I always discover new stones I didn't see before. My education was one of those stones and now it's time to continue.

So what's the message I want to share with you, as we are about to make our next jump?

If you feel fear, or have doubt, remember just do it with all your heart!

Congratulations to you all!
Mahalo and Goodnight