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Don’t lose sight of your dreams, Appalachian graduates told

szulik_t.jpgBOONE—Don’t forget your childhood dreams. That was the advice offered by Matthew Szulik, chairman of the board of Red Hat to some 900 Appalachian State University graduates who received their degree Dec. 13.

Red Hat is the world’s leading open source and Linux provider and is headquartered in Raleigh. Szulik also is a member of Appalachian’s Board of Trustees.

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Red Hat chairman of the board Matthew Szulik delivered Appalachian State University’s commencement address Dec. 13. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Troy Tuttle)

Szulik said that people begin to lose their childhood dreams of becoming a dancer, a chemist or inventor when people begin telling them what they can’t do with their lives rather than what they can do.

“I don’t want you to give up on those dreams, because you were born in a time, in a place and in a society that have given you the freedom to pursue those dreams. That doesn’t exist in other places,” he said. “Get out and seize the moment. No dream is too farfetched. Don’t give up on your dreams.”