First of all I want to take this opportunity to thank some people. I wish to extend my gratitude and gratefulness to all of you who are present today. The people who care and have made a difference are right here ... right now. The greatest gift any of us could have received is having the people who influenced all of our lives here to witness this milestone. Whether you are parents, teachers, family members, or friends, you have all contributed for us to reach this goal of acquiring our diplomas. All that any of us have accomplished can be credited to you and your undying support. You have been our advocates in our ongoing journey seeking education. I also want to thank God. Because of His unceasing love and grace, He has made all of this possible. Thank you for all you have done for us.
As I gaze at the graduating class of 2006, I see one made of many. A great contraption created by the individual minds coming together as a whole. What else do I see? A flock of geese. A flock of geese immensely resembles a class. They are awe-inspiring as they advance together to form a V, which makes flight easier for all. They use the lifting power to enable to sustain enough energy for their prolonged expedition to warmer territory. A class uses this same technique to survive high school. We are each other's source of strength. The only ones who truly understand what the other has went through these past few years. We have tolerated and nurtured our peers and finally it has all paid off. We have made it.
When geese travel, they stay with those who are on the same path. For us, that path led to this day ... Graduation. Walking this path solitaire is a task I am pleased to know none of us had to perform. We can take pride in the fact that we made it here, just as the geese do, together. Knowing that we had friends and classmates who would consistently be there to support us made many trying affairs less painful. Geese in the rear of the V promote their encouragement by honking to one another during flight. Like geese, we let each other know that if one of us should fall, there is a cushion of help and support waiting. Some of us would have possibly given up if not for the inspiration of others. We have depended upon each other to get the job done. We have stood beside on another for all these years. Displaying our affection is done by simply being there for one another, again similar to the goose. When one goose is unable to fly, two other geese will accompany it until it either dies or can again return to the skies. They help nourish it by supplying it with food. They help protect it from predators. And when the time arrives for it to fly again, they are right there beside it. As classmates we were given the opportunity to establish lifelong friendships. Most of us seized it, even embraced it with open arms. Like the geese, we helped to regenerate the faith we have in ourselves thus enabling us to have faith in each other.
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