Duke TIP — Scenes from the 2018 Grand Recognition Ceremony

Duke TIP — Scenes from the 2018 Grand Recognition Ceremony

September 9, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


♪♪♪♪ The thing that crosses my mind when I look out at brilliant, gifted young students They’re being recognized for
their accomplishments, and yet they have so much
left to accomplish. I think it’s really important
for kids to not just be children of mind but be
children of heart. It is so important to
follow your heart. Listen to that passion.
Listen to that dream. And don’t let anyone tell you
you can’t do it, because I’m sitting here telling
you that you absolutely can. It’s such an honor to keynote
this prestigious Grand Recognition Ceremony. I had the chance to do it 20
years ago in the Duke Chapel, and today I’m excited to
Keynote again in what I would call Duke’s second
house of worship. Find people who challenge
you and make you think. Don’t just spend time with the
people who share your same beliefs and values. You have to expand your horizons, see
the world, THINK. It does feel at the time like am I really supposed to
be in this room? But you are, and you
have to embrace that and internalize that, because
you’re going to face so many challenges in your life. You need to have touch points where you celebrate
every opportunity and you live in the moment
and accept that YEAH, you do have what
it takes, and you can
make it happen. I think that it’s important
for people to walk into a room and have other
folks there who are brilliant in ways that
they’re not, who can open their eyes
to different things. And I think that’s one of
the most empowering things
about TIP. So this moment will not
happen again. It was purposely created
for each of you and your families who are so
supportive and have driven maybe
down the street or flown across the country
to be here with you. Looking out over these hundreds
of brilliant kids today, it just makes you realize
how much potential is in
front of them. So I want to say to you guys, you’re gonna face obstacles, and it’s important to
celebrate this moment and realize what you’ve
accomplished and how much further
you have to go,
in a good way! You’re going to set out
on this amazing journey, and you have all the skills
at your disposal. Duke TIP has shown you that. And I just can’t wait
to see what you do. ♪♪♪♪♪