3 August 2010
Good evening parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and friends. I would like to thank you all for coming to this very special day for every student up on this stage tonight. I know how proud you must be. I first of all wanted to say thank you to my family. You are the roots from which I have grown, the role models from whom l have learned, and the name I represent. Without you and your support, I would not be where I am today or on the road to where I am going tomorrow.
As we have grown over the years, there are many steps and stages we all have gone through. From learning our shapes and colors, to getting our first kiss in middle school, or how about explaining to our parents why we skipped school because the principal called home. As we remember these days, things that we've done will be with us forever. But this is only the start of our journey. The day has come where we say goodbye to the big yellow buses, assemblies, assigned seating, and attendance policies. Are you really going to miss it? For some of us maybe not right away. But eventually we will, so for us to be here it is not necessarily an achievement, but a privilege. All of us have been in school over half our lives. To graduate is one more step we've taken in our lives.
Here are a few things that have kept me going; maybe you can use them sometime in the future. I'm sure you all know what I mean when I say that whatever doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. This entire ceremony is proof of that. And also, the most important
thing I have learned is: life is just one experience after another. If you learn from those experiences, then you have wasted no time or energy.
Now I would like to take the time to thank everyone who has...