An Excerpt from Keegan Xaví’s Commencement Address

PYC Arts & Technology High School Graduation

May 31, 2019
Excerpt from Keegan Kaví’s Commencement Address
I thought about the advice that’s been most important in my life and came up with these eight things. I probably would’ve had more but I ran out of time. These words can be applied in so many different ways.

  1. Be true to yourself. Trust your gut and your intuition. Always be open to learning new things, but never let someone else force their opinion on you. Educate yourself in the way that makes you happiest: read, watch videos, listen to podcasts, take walks and learn from Nature. Whatever. But learn something new every day to keep your minds sharp.
  2. Life comes at you fast and winners know how to adapt. Learn to be flexible about life. Things don’t always go the way you think and sometimes you may have to alter your game plans. Always give everything your best, and accept your best will be different at different times.
  3. Learn and truly know yourself! Get to know yourself emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, and remember that you are also always evolving. Be honest about yourself and what your strengths and weakness are. If you don’t think you’re good at this one thing? Then be really super good at something else so no one even thinks to ask you about the first thing.
  4. Never be afraid of hard work. I’m talking about bringing your best self to any task set at hand. You never know who’s watching. You never know what surprising thing you may learn. I’m not saying let yourself be taken advantage of, but build a reputation that you always come through.
  5. Always have a side hustle that you can carry with you in your hands. Have a skill that people need that you can do with your hands. Money can be funny so it’s always good to have something you can fall back on like fixing cars, minor household repair, braiding hair, babysitting, making art, etc. Always be open to learning more skills like this. And everybody loves a useful person.
  6. Honesty. Being known as an honest person is one of the best reputations to have. You will be offered more opportunities because people trust you and your word is bond.
  7. Conflict can be resolved with kindness. And in the times we find ourselves anxious, angry, worried, confused, etc. we must remember to never become when what we hate. Stay true to kindness. There is more energy in fighting for what you love than in fighting against what you hate. Resolve conflicts and challenges from a place of love.
  8. Cultivate your community. We were not born to be in this world alone. We need to live in and honor all of our different communities. Everyone in this room is both younger than someone and older than somebody else. Our roles in our communities also fluctuate and change depending on who we are with. Stay connected to and learn from our elders. Be a role model for the younger ones looking up to you. Ask your help when you need it! This is what community is here for.

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