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Graduation advice 2013: Red dirt music star Jason Boland

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: May 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm •  Published: May 19, 2013

The full version of this story, which appears in Sunday’s Life section of The Oklahoman, was compiled by The Oklahoman’s Features and Entertainment Staff, including yours truly. To read graduation advice from other Oklahomans, go to

Beyond ‘laugh often,’ ‘live much’: unique words of wisdom
If they knew then what they know now, here is what an assortment of Oklahomans would say to today’s graduates — or wish they had heard at their own graduation.

Thousands of Oklahoma students are graduating in the month of May; many this weekend. We asked some notable and interesting Oklahomans what they’d say to this year’s graduates, or what they wish they would have heard at their graduations. Here’s what one of them had to say:

Jason Boland, red dirt music star, Harrah native, former Oklahoma State University student: ‘Do something with meaning’

“Go on to college. Go try to keep believing in something that’s a little bit greater than maybe just how we trade for food or buy a place to live. …

“I was going to college and just not really knowing what I wanted to do. That’s why I don’t really take lightly what (red dirt music pioneers) Bob Childers and Randy Crouch and Tom Skinner and Brad Piccolo and John Cooper and Ben Han and all those guys, what they meant. Because they said don’t be afraid and do something you love. … The rest will work itself out. Do something with meaning. …

“I do not want to wax Bill and Ted here, but have some fun but not too much fun, you crazy kids. … Enjoy it and don’t get lost in the enjoyment.”


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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