Most people probably don't remember the speeches given at their high school graduation. But for some reason I remember mine and that speech has really stuck with me for the last 14 years. Dr John Hull talked about how, above all else, character is what sets people apart.
Update: I couldn't remember the exact speech but luckily I wasn't the only person it had an effect on.
Alex Philip: Pansy, I remember that speech too. He said, "Grades will get you into university. Character will keep you there. Good looks and charm will get you a spouse. Character will keep you married. Your resume may land you a job. Character will keep you employed." I have never forgotten that speech.