A Speech To Graduation Speech

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Good evening and welcome to all the parents, relatives and friends who have made this day possible for the Thornapple Kellogg High School graduating class of 2006. I would also like to thank this year’s graduates for the honor and privilege of speaking at their commencement. To be a part of such an important night in your lives is indeed a very special moment for me.

Graduation marks the end of one part of your life and the beginning of unlimited possibilities. This is the moment when you take the lessons of parents, teachers and everyone else who have impacted your life in so many ways and begin to make your own way in the world. Never again will the security of Middleville, TK High School or your parent’s home protect you from life’s
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For progress to occur, the possibility for all to succeed must exist. Work towards that world that recognizes the value of all people, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, or how much money they have.

Another poster in my classroom sums up this thought with the phrase, “You see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were and ask why not?” Stand-up and make a difference in life. Your entire future is before you. May it be all you have dreamed and will dream. Make it one that enables you to challenge inequalities and fight for truth. May the history of your lives be a history you and America will be proud to call your own.

Speaking on behalf of the senior class is a special honor for me as my father was a graduate of TK in 1954. My father jokes about being a less than stellar student in high school, but the work ethic I have and the belief that one should always try to do his or her best to finish every job one starts comes from him. I am very lucky and proud to have him for a father. He has always demonstrated how working hard, being honest and doing right pays off in a fulfilling and rewarding life. They tell more about you as a person than all the money or possessions you could ever earn in three
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I hope that you all realize in your journey through life that how much we do to help others and better life for all is what is most important. If you merely work for riches or fame, you will have neither. You must have purpose to all that you do in life. The other two follow by happenstance.

In closing, I would like to thank this year’s senior class for the greatest honor I have ever received in teaching. There can be no higher honor than being asked to take part in your graduation. Being recognized by those who have endured opinionated and demanding Mr. Replogle is quite humbling. This is not because I care whether or not you like me, but because I feel that you respected what I tried to do for each of you. I have always tried to be honest and upfront with you and challenge you to achieve more than even you thought possible of yourselves. It is very rewarding to be recognized by you for that.

Every year, I leave my students with the saying that the greatest form of respect is to be challenged to do more than we think possible, because it shows that someone believes in us. I do believe in you and know that you will accomplish great works the rest of your life if you approach it with passion, honesty and dedication. The groundwork has been laid; it is up to you to build wisely and diligently upon that foundation. May God bless you and keep you in all that you do. Good

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