Graduation Speech : High School Essay

1532 Words Dec 7th, 2016 7 Pages
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 challenges. This thought is sobering and perhaps a bit unnerving to someone still in their teens. But you can be buoyed by the fact that those who love you will continue to provide emotional support and that the unlimited possibilities are worth the fear of the unknown.

Former President Dwight Eisenhower, then commander of all Allied forces in Europe, told those about to take part in the Normandy invasion that they were “embarking on the great crusade”. You are also embarking on a great crusade. Not theirs of liberating Europe, but rather a crusade to liberate your dreams and aspirations.

When you think back, high school has been a wide range of emotions and occurrences. At times it seemed it would never end and at other…

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