Monthly Archives: August 2012

Summer Adventure list

Looking back on the summer Here is a list of my activities this summer with their rough dates. I think I can say it’s been a very pleasant summer. School Ends April 18 Utah Lake Bonfire April 20 Oregon Marine Biology Trip (including Redwoods National Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park) April 30-June 1 Shingle […]

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My 6:32 minute graduation speech

Making a Little Difference Convocation, BYU Life Sciences, August 2012 Riley Rackliffe As an environmental science major my favorite classroom is the great outdoors. I love that classroom so much that I spent most of grade school, high school, as well as many of my years at BYU wandering the wildernesses of Utah. I frequently […]

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Alternate graduation speech

Why do I carry a Hiking Stick? By Riley Rackliffe Greetings, there are very many of you. Having lived in the Widtsoe building these last several years I am surprised. I never would have guessed there were this many lab rats on the ninth floor. I have very little time and ten thousand stories to […]

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First draft graduation speech

Why do we climb mountains? By Riley Rackliffe My dear young friends, It’s been a long walk. There are a lot of you. Six years ago as a freshman I watch President Hinckley speak from this podium. I’m honored to be allowed near it. Past That is one of many treasured experiences from my time […]

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