Graduation Speech Essay

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Today is both an end, and a beginning. After thirteen long years we have finally concluded our Kutztown education. It’s been a bumpy road, filled with defeats, victories, and surprises. We’ve learned a lot along the way, and not just science and math and English, although our teachers have made sure we picked up plenty of that too. Seeing the same people day after day has taught us what friendship is—and isn’t, and we’ve learned that life is not always fair. We’ve also developed some interesting skills, like how to dodge buckets—or freshman—in a crowded hallway on a rainy day. Or how to fight off heat stoke in the sweltering science wing and hypothermia in the over air-conditioned English classrooms. Even so, we still managed to scream the …show more content…
As unappreciative as we sometimes were, for the most part these have been good years, and it is now time to leave behind the routine we have fallen into. But have courage, because tonight is not just an ending, it is also a beginning. The beginning of the rest of our lives.

Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Where will you be in twenty years? We don’t know that now of course, we can’t see the future. But I’m sure many of you have some idea of where you’d like to be, in a dream career perhaps or a stable, loving family. Or maybe you don’t know what you want to be, but you know who you want to be; a compassionate friend, someone who helps others and gives back to the community, a person who’s always willing to try something new. There’s still time to get specific, so don’t worry if you haven’t got your entire future mapped out just yet. We are a class filled with enormous potential; artistic and musical talent, athletic ability, academic prowess, skills and interests in a whole plethora of subjects. Every single one of us has the capability to do great things, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t. As we embark on our future the greatest thing standing

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