Graduation Speech

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It amazes me that we are finally here! Throughout the years, I have often thought about this moment. How it would feel to be with all of you, in our caps and gowns, finally graduating. I remember as a child, thinking about what I would look like when I was "all grown up," how I would act, who I would love and what kind of person I would become. And now here it all is, we're ready, we're done with high school, and I couldn't be more thrilled or scared! We go through this twelve-year metamorphosis, and then one day, we wake up and its over, our ascent into adulthood has come. We're ready to face all that life has to throw at us, to make a life for ourselves, outside of school and childhood, to go to college, take a year off or get a job. Yet at the same time, it can be terrifying to completely detach from childhood. Childhood is familiar; we know what it's like, all that we are has been from childhood.

I remember when I was in kindergarten, thinking that the first graders were so old, finally making it to my first grade class, and going home crying on the first day of school, having thought that I would learn to read that day. We have all these hopes and dreams as to what school and in turn life will be like. We didn't know what first grade was going to be like, just as we don't know how our years ahead will be.

Last fall, I wrote in an article for our newspaper that senior year had been a let down:...

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