For seniors, the week before graduation is one of the most exciting times of their college careers. It’s also a time to reflect on lessons learned both in and out of the classroom. We asked 21 seniors who are about to walk across the stage at commencement about what they learned. The answers might surprise you. (click/tap to reveal)

I earned my diploma but I also learned... be my authentic self.

Megh Yanchulis, Liberal Studies

...I am someone with a dream, and I will reach all of my goals.

Jazmyn Dennis, Biology to work with differing opinions.

Kevin Napier, Kinesiology

...there is always someone available to help those who need it.

Abbey Stanzione, Communication Studies to create my own opportunities.

Jaylin Mason, Criminal Justice Major

...the future is shaped, not predestined.

Karla Hernandez, Political Science to be a leader on and off the lacrosse field.

Imani West, Liberal Studies

...the value of being in a supportive community.

Bailey Rice, Liberal Studies to be optimistic.

Virginia Colvin, Liberal Studies dream big and success will follow.

Sarah Slaydon, Social Work

...the importance of alma mater and how Longwood really can change lives.

Dustyn Hall, English expand my mind to opportunities.

Paige Brewer, Liberal Studies

...that Farmville is not just a game.

Declan McDonald, Business Administration treat all people equally and with kindness.

Autumn Childress, Communication Studies to encourage and empower others to realize their potential.

John Brumfield, Biology to make a brûlée.

Shane Crean, Biology Major

...never give up.

Kristen Swisher, Liberal Studies to be independent.

Jonathan Bland, Physics

...that it’s not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that counts.

Madeline Alvarez, Political Science passion with special education students.

Megan Amsler, Liberal Studies to work well with others.

Tristan Hobbs, Business Administration

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