Guest speaker Ryan Vesler, young founder of the successful apparel enterprise, Homage, described the origins and challenges of his business.
"It's an insane amount of work.
An exercise in learning to trust your own judgment," he
told the crowd.
"My Spanish degree did not prepare me for dealing with the world of limited liability corporations, accounts payable and digital strategies."
Dressed down for the occasion and sporting one of his
company's t-shirts, dedicated to local mainstay, Rubino's Pizza, Mr. Vesler
explained that his
wares are a "reflection of who we are and what we believe" and that his
business was borne out of a "love of stories."
encouraged the graduates to listen to their own thoughts and think about their own stories.
"You may not know it now, but ... your story is inside of you and it will reveal itself.
You are capable of crafting your own extraordinary story," he
concluded by quoting advice to the grads from hometown heroine, Jerrie Mock, who, as the first woman to fly solo around the world inspired one of Homage
's recent designs.
"If you have a dream, don't let anyone talk you out of it," she
The senior class presented Mr. Vesler
, a Columbus Academy graduate, with an honorary Bexley High School diploma.
Read the full text of Mr. Vesler's