Graduation Speech

1010 words - 4 pages

Parents, friends, staff, and fellow graduates,

I like that word, graduates. In fact, I like that word so much, that I decided to look it up in the dictionary for the heck of it. And beyond the obvious definitions I found, there was one that plainly stuck out. "To change gradually". Now if you think about it, I guess that sums up all our years of schooling right there. I mean, I can still remember back to first grade and racing home to watch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles defeat Shredder and the evil foot soldiers. Of course, Michelangelo was my favorite because he was the care-free surfer turtle that every boy dreamed of being like. Well, cartoons didn't last long in junior high, and my first real change occurred because of the eventual realization that girls were not brain-sucking aliens and yes, you could talk to them. And Aaron, you can still talk to them. Well, that led to the dances, and let me tell ya, those were some interesting days for me. My first slow dance, consisted of a good 14 inches between me and my unfortunate partner (sorry Michelle). But as we all know, those days didn't last long either and the glory days of high school jumped on us like a varsity sport initiation. From the fire drills in the rain, to those studly guys in cheer skirts, high school was virtually a blur and brought us to the point we are at now. And though all our years of high school flew by with a quiet whisper, there was always this gradual change within us. Every day we developed a clearer picture of who we were and what we wanted to do with our lives. While I guarantee you that most of us won't remember every trigonometric function or who the 11th president was, in the end, it doesn't really matter. This is because the greatness of high school lies in the vast amount of relationships that each us has made. Our friends have taught and shared with us more then any college course will ever teach us. When your boyfriend or girlfriend just said it's all over, your friends were there for you. When you waited until the very last moment to finish that project and needed help, your friends were there for you. And whenever you needed someone to talk with or a shoulder to cry on, your friends were always there for you. Out of all the lessons we have been taught, none are greater then the lessons we have received from our friends. Before you go today, don't let the opportunity to say one final goodbye to your fellow companions slip by. For they are the true gifts of high school that we will never forget and hold in our hearts for the rest of our lives.

So now it's time to complete another phase of our "gradual change" by taking a final step away from home and into the...

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