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Advice for Graduating Seniors from Milton Hershey School Graduates

As Milton Hershey School prepares for the Class of 2021’s Commencement, our seniors are reflecting on their time spent on campus and memories made as they look to the future.

As soon-to-be graduates, they share a bond with thousands of other alumni, or “Milts” that last a lifetime. It’s a different kind of bond. MHS graduates consider themselves to be family—brothers and sisters whose lives have been changed thanks to the generosity of our founders, Milton and Catherine Hershey.

To help these graduating seniors stay motivated and reflect on the values they learned while at MHS, several MHS graduates shared their advice for achieving success and lifelong happiness.

Haley Dennis ’15

The Importance of Hard Work: “Hard work beats talent. Especially when talent doesn’t work hard. Hard work was something I learned at Milton Hershey School. You are just beginning your next chapter, so remember to work hard.”

Tiffanni Osborne ’09

Ask for Help: “You can’t be afraid to ask for help. You have to be willing to speak up and advocate for yourself. Once you do, there are so many people in the world who are willing to help. Also, lean into your alumni family. They have to know you need help in order to help.”

Dan Acevedo ’08

Enjoy the Little Moments: “Enjoy every opportunity you have now [at Milton Hershey School] because you’re going to miss it. If there’s one thing I wish I could do, I wish I could go back to Milton Hershey [School] for one day to be with the 12 students in the house playing hide-and-go-seek. As you get older, you’ll wish you were back where you’re at now.”

Alex Redcay ’95

When Choosing a College/University/Trade School: “When choosing a college or university, don’t be dazzled by the extra features. The most important question to ask is, ‘How do the teacher treat the students in their class?’ That is your most important relationship at college.”

Dana Oliver ’93

Self Advocation: “One thing I learned at Milton Hershey School was, ‘The worst thing someone could tell you is no, but you should always ask.’ Always ask the question. You have to stand up for yourself in a positive way.”

Bridget Corry Morse ’82

Lean into Your MHS Family: “Know that your Milton Hershey School family will always be on the sidelines of your life cheering you on. Stay in contact with them.”

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