REED CITY — The next class of graduating seniors was sent off last Thursday.
Commencement ceremonies for Reed City High School’s class of 2018 took place May 24 in the school’s gymnasium.
Giving the commencement address was Dr. Moerdyk, a 2005 Reed City High School graduate and current faculty member at Seton Hall University where he studies and teaches organic chemistry.
In addition to his many professional achievements, publications and presentations, Moerdyk has been named by Forbes Magazine and Scientific America in their “30 Under 30 in Science.”
Moerdyk spoke to the graduating class, imparting them with some wisdom he has collected during his career.
Moerdyk told the seniors to be more present in the moment and enjoy the memories they are making now.
“Too often we lose sight of enjoying the moment because we are fixated on the past or the future,” he said. “By living in the past, you miss out on what’s important today.”
The freedom seniors will have outside of school, he said, should also be balanced with a healthy amount of responsibility.
Quoting a biblical verse, Moerdyk said, “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable.”
Many times in the world people judge how well they are doing in life by comparing their lives to others, which is a mistake, Moerdyk said.
“(And) don’t be afraid to fail,” he said. “We think people will think less of us because we did something wrong. This is far from the truth. Failure is part of life. Do something new and maximize your potential.”
Knowing these things, Moerdyk said, the students would be able to make their own decisions and define success on their terms.