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Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 05/10/2011

Words of wisdom for graduates

Graduates celebrate at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. (MARVIN JOSEPH/TWP - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Inspirational quotes, cheesy Halmark cards, motivational speeches — there’s nothing like graduation season to turn every proud grandfather, sister or former teacher into an advice-giving sage. So: We’d love to hear those words of wisdom. What do you wish someone had told you when you were graduating? What advice do today’s graduates need most as they set off into the world?

And, since graduation speeches are so often laced with themes of leadership and future leaders, we asked our own panel of leadership experts what the best words of advice would be for this year’s commencement addresses.

You can tell us which of their pearls of wisdom you find most important in the poll below, and we’d also love to hear your own thoughts on what they left out. Post a comment! Or Tweet your own #gradtips

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Read all the panel responses to our discussion about the best words of wisdom to give this year’s graduates. Here are some of them:

Alan Webber: Do everything on purpose

Marie Wilson: Help a country hungry for its heart

Angel Cabrera: Do good!

Juana Bordas: Transform your community

John Baldoni: Believe in what you can achieve

George Reed: Care enough to lead

Amy Fraher: Commit to ethical thinking

Carol Goman: Rewire your brain

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