Audio from Commencement 2005
Commencement Address by Arnold Palmer
May 16, 2005
"I came from modest circumstances, and I was determined to be successful in my adult life. I didn't know then that golf would be my life and that the talent I had, coupled with dedication and hard work, would take me to the heights of my profession."
"Certainly there are many things that I cannot fully comprehend, but there are still the absolutes that transcend place and time. Hard work will always yield positive results."
"There is no way you can focus your mind and your efforts to succeed if you're brimming over with self-doubts. Your level of performance has a way of living up to prior expectations and, if you start off believing you're going to have a bad day, you will. Errors tend to multiply and, if you have a bundle of self-doubts, you won't be able to cope with the problems and the failure that will follow."
"I have had a love affair with Wake Forest since my undergraduate days, but I didn't realize until many years later that I had truly learned at Wake Forest, both in and out of the classroom, about the meaning of a productive and meaningful life."
"I don't despair of today's young people. I just ask all of you to seek your places in the world, to accept the responsibility that is being placed on your shoulders. I appeal to you to try to restore a more kind and gentle atmosphere to this world of ours."