Dream Big (Speech)

     On behalf of the Lussoc National High School Class of 2010, I would like to welcome everyone to our graduation ceremony.  It is a tremendous honor to speak to all of you today.
      As I sat down to write this speech and began to reflect on the past four years, I was filled with memories of my classmates’ and of our successes and failures, our triumphs and mistakes.  It is evident as we unite together in this ceremony, that we have all grown throughout the past four years, emerging today as mature and independent graduates only four years after we created hall chaos, clogging the hallways as we were unable to find our freshman classes. As we have grown, we have learned valuable lessons from our high school education that will be utilized as we embark on our next journey. Perhaps most importantly, we have learned to set goals, to aspire to do amazing things, to dream big.
      As the poem, “Dream Big” explains:
“… things worth doing seldom come easy.
There will be good days.
And there will be bad days.
There will be times when you want to turn around,
Pack it up, and call it quits.
Those times tell you that you are pushing yourself,
That you are not afraid to learn by trying.”

      Today, the Class of 2010 has come together to celebrate the commencement of our high school years.  We have come from all different places, but join together because each of us has persevered through the trying times of the past four years.  Although high school has been the source of many obstacles throughout the past four years, we have persevered, and in the presence of tough times ahead, we must remember to fight to attain our dreams.
      The poem “Dream Big” continues:
“Believe in the incredible power of the human mind
Of doing something that makes a difference.
Of working hard.
Of laughing and hoping.
Of lazy afternoons.
Of lasting friends.
Of all the things that will cross your path this year.”

      The tremendous intellectual potential of the Class of 2010 will undoubtedly propel my classmates to reach their dreams.  I urge you to realize your intellectual capabilities and take advantage of future educational opportunities.  However, in addition to our educational challenges, we must also enjoy ourselves. Life should be fun.  Friendship can be something taken for granted, something that comes and goes, but I believe that we have all made lasting friends here, at Lussoc National High School.  Together, we have spent some of the most memorable moments of our lives, moments marked by both hysterical laughter and hysterical tears.  In continuing our journey through life, we can hope for more of these times as we expand our dreams to areas beyond high school accomplishments and into a world of possibilities.
      It is not too long from now that each of us will receive our high school diplomas.  At this time, most of us will experience a newfound independence that is quite unfamiliar.  
     And as the poem “Dream Big” continues:
“If there were ever a time to dare,
To make a difference,
To embark on something worth doing,
It is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily —
But for something that tugs at your heart,
Something that’s your aspiration,
Something that’s your dream.”

      Today is one day in our lives where we can be grateful for our relentless hard work and the tremendous accomplishments we have achieved.  As we leave high school for extraordinary institutions and opportunities, the challenge is for each of us to fulfill our greatest dreams.  To do so, I encourage you to find something that inspires you, something that might challenge you, or something that you are passionate about.  Whatever your dream may be, it is in your control to reach it.  I personally cannot wait to see the products of my classmates’ dreams.  Time is not infinite so do not let yourself be persuaded that you can achieve your dreams later, begin to achieve your aspirations today.
      Consider the sentiments of the conclusion of “Dream Big:”
“The start of something new brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible.
There is only one you.
And you will pass this way only once.”

      I encourage the members of the Class of 2010 to make the most of every opportunity provided to them, and I sincerely wish that each of my classmates follows their individual hopes, aspirations and passions in life.  Thanks to everyone who has attended this graduation ceremony and best wishes to all in the Class of 2010.

 Salutatory Address delivered during the Lussoc National High School 26th Commencement Activity



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