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More than 700 soon-to-be-graduates of York College were given plenty of advice Saturday morning during their commencement ceremony at the college mall.

Of all the advice they were given, service to the community was touted as paramount for them.

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On Saturday, Donna E. Shalala, president and CEO of the Clinton Foundation and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, told the soon-to-be alumni that service to the community was the top advice she could give them.

"The spirit of service runs deep in York, Pennsylvania," she said, referring to the second Continental Congress being in York in 1777.

Advice: Shalala, noting that the she, as a student, feared long commencement speeches, made her speech short. She told the students upon graduating they will have two things to continue in their life: a map and a compass.

"Your map is your degree, which opens new doors of opportunity," she said.

"The compass is something more intangible but arguably more important — the spirit of service and community that has become part of their heritage and education since day one," she said.

Shalala said the students should put those tools to a cause as grand as the founders.

"That cause is for each of us to be a good citizen," she said.

She also gave a top 10 list of advice, touting things such as honesty, patience, optimism and maintaining friendships.

Shalala advise the students not to worry when they hear the alarm go off at 6 a.m.

"It's not a nightmare," she said. "It's a job."

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser

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