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Gentlemen of the graduating class:
—You stand at the gateway of futurity. What it may hold for you depends upon yourselves and the use you make and have made of your opportunities. In the vista of life there stand out a few bright spots; here and there an isolated eminence rises above the common level. There are events in life that mark epochs for the individual. Such is this occasion for each of you. Tonight, at the same moment, closes and opens a chapter. This is an hour fraught with deepest significance. You have arrived at this moment, so long anticipated, only by years of diligent study, by long hours in the lecture room, the laboratory and the clinic, and by much burning of the midnight oil. Only by unremitting pursuit of a determined purpose and a definite choice, have you reached the cherished goal. Choice determines destiny, upon the
LEO M. CRAFTS. THE PHYSICIAN IN PRACTICE.. JAMA. 1898;XXX(22):1255–1258. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440740001001