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“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

— J.K. Rowling
 All the studying.

All the preparations.

All the hard work.

It's finally paid off.

This weekend kicks off high school graduations across Madison County. Students at Anderson University and Ivy Tech Community College recently donned their caps and gowns and ventured out into the world.

And, what a world awaits you.

Graduates will find a robust job market with low unemployment and plenty of opportunities.

Gov. Eric Holcomb spoke Saturday at AU's commencement ceremony about the history of Indiana and the impact that AU has had on the state over the past century.

"When I think about just how far Indiana as a state has come in the last century, a lot of who we are, what we are, as a growing state, is because of this university," he said.

"Fail," the governor said. "Not permanently fail, but fail while pushing it to the max. Fail fast, and get back up."

At Ivy Tech's ceremony in Anderson on May 14, Sue Ellspermann, president of the statewide community college, encouraged everyone in the audience who was thinking about post-secondary education to go for it. To promote that, students were given a Jump Start Scholarship that they can gift to someone.

"There are thousands of good jobs going unfilled right now right here in Anderson," Ellspermann said.

Congrats, graduates. Now, go out into your community and help make it a better place.

"If you aren't failing, or willing to, chances are you aren't willing to break new ground," Holcomb said.

Push it to the max. It won't be easy, but nothing worth having is.

More online

The Herald Bulletin will have online photo galleries of high school commencements. Go to heraldbulletin.com.