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Gee Mail: A note to the graduating self

As West Virginia University prepares to send more than 4,500 graduating students on to their next journey, President Gordon Gee pens a letter to his younger self in this Gee Mail after pondering, "What if I was a member of the Class of 2017?"

"Commencement marks a time of transition – a time of passage, celebration, achievement and opportunity," Gee said. "It is also a time of reflection. 

"For me, I cannot help but think back to 1968 when I graduated with a history degree from the University of Utah. So for this Gee Mail, I thought, 'What advice would I write to my 21-year-old self that would benefit our Class of 2017?’"

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