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Posted May 19, 2014

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Community Shares Wisdom with the Class of 2014

Community leaders from throughout Albuquerque have joined the conversation to provide new graduates with lifelong wisdom and advice.

Last week, amidst our twenty-two high school graduation ceremonies, community leaders started a conversation on social media to share their graduation advice with the Class of 2014 (in 140 characters, or less).

It started, appropriately so, with a simple "throwback Thursday" post, challenging the APS community to "throwback Thursday to when you were graduating from high school. What do you wish you knew then, that you know now?"

The response to #ShareYourGradAdvice has been overwhelming - and inspiring. Here are a few of our favorites:

Mayor Richard Berry: "Always remember to be a lifelong learner; it will a be a service to you and to the community."

Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham: "The relationships you build with your friends, family and community today will stay with you forever. And invest in the future of your community, it will be an important part of your life as you grow older."

New Mexico State Senator Jacob Candelaria: "Never underestimate what you can do through honest hard work."

New Mexico State Representative Antonio Maestas: "Always think critically, be bold in finding solutions to solve any problem and know you come from greatest place on earth."

APS Board Member Kathy Korte: "Put faith, and family first. Work hard. Never cheat. Follow your heart and gut. Don't cut corners. Get your master's degree before you have kids."

Highland HS Principal Scott Elder: "When the moment's there, go for it. People regret the opportunity we were too fearful to follow."

La Cueva HS Principal Todd Resch: ""I'd rather regret the things I have done than the things that I haven't." - Lucille Ball"

Tierra Antigua ES Principal Robert Abney: "When the moment is right, what is to be becomes. ~Dalai Lama"

ABQ Business First, Publisher Ian Anderson: "Your greatest accomplishments will happen because you got up early, not because you stayed up late."

ABQ Business First, Editor-in-Chief Rachel Sams: "Employers really do look at your social media profiles. Really."

KOAT's Angela Brauer: "Don't dismiss your parents just because you're moving out and getting older - you'll need & appreciate them more & more later!"

KOAT's Natassja Leyba: "Class of 2014, you only regret the things you haven't done. Enjoy life! Work hard. Find your passion."

KOAT's Royale Da: "Have high expectations of yourself AND the people you're in relationships with. Friends, boyfriends, girlfriends & even family."

KOB's Chris Ramirez: "Realize that your dreams are never too small or big. Follow your heart.  You're worth it."

KOB's Erica Zucco: "It's easy to be focused on the future right away - but make sure you take time to enjoy this milestone!"

KOB's Nikki Ibarra: "Remember to balance school and your social life-- have fun!!!"

KRQE's Katie Kim: "Don't be afraid to try new things, get out of your comfort zone, make time in your busy lives for people who matter! Congrats!"

KRQE's Matt Mauro: "Follow your heart & head. Don't worry what others think. Have fun!"

More words of wisdom shared with the Class of 2014:

North Star ES Tech Teacher April Requard: "I wish I knew then that this would be the best time of my life. Slow down, enjoy, pause, and take it all in. Congrats, 2014!"

Community Member Gilbert Gallegos: "Record and remember the advice you get today. Go back to it in the future and determine what still applies."

Cibola HS Basketball Coach Lori Mabrey: "Dream big, live passionately, and have a fire in your soul!"

Sandia HS Teacher Tim Beck: "No substitute for hard work. Learn to love learning. Be true to yourself.. do the right thing..and laugh a lot!😃👍"

Painted Sky ES Gifted Teachers: "Have a goal in mind and don't lose sight of it."

Community Member Erica Krause: "If you move away from your family, learn how to cook at least one good meal & try to make it a healthy one!"

Click here to see the full list of tweets and advice submitted for #ShareYourGradAdvice.

And it's not too late to join the conversation. If you have a token of advice, or piece of wisdom, we would like you to share it with us on Facebook, tweet it to us on Twitter, comment on our Instagram page, or you may email your thoughts to our communications team, and we will continue to post these gems on social media in the coming weeks.

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