Did you know: the Japanese have no word for “retirement.”
They do not think of their careers as means to an end, or as the long slog before they can go sit on a beach. Instead, the Japanese strive for a wonderful ideal called “Ikigai,” which essentially means “a reason to get out of bed in the morning.” They recognize that one of the most important places to find Ikigai is in the work that will consume the majority of their adult lives.
As graduates of WVU, you are absolutely equipped to find the kind of deeply satisfying, engaging work that will give you Ikigai. You won’t need to worry about that word “retirement,” because you’ll be too busy changing our world for the better, now and for future generations.
You are ambassadors for this great institution, poised to demonstrate the difference one person can make in the life of another. I can’t wait to see where your journey takes you – and how your WVU education will help you change the world.
Congratulations, all of you!