Graduation Speech: I Have No Regrets

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I thought that I'd start by taking a picture, being as this is the last time that I'm going to see the majority of you. So could everybody smile?

OK, now that that is done with, I would like to start out with a quote. "As people used to be wrong about the motion of the sun, so they are still wrong about the motion of the future. The future stands still, it is we who move in infinite space." (Rainer Maria Rilke, German poet).

Webster's dictionary describes commencement as a beginning. Perhaps many of you believed that commencement was an ending. So instead of today being an ending, it is a day to celebrate a new beginning. But the big question is the beginning of what? It has been 13 long years since that first day of kindergarten. It may seem ages ago, but that was only one beginning. This first chapter of our lives is now ending, and we are here today to celebrate the beginning of the next, new stage in our life. It's sad, but true, that after this day, we are all going to go our separate ways. Some of us are headed to college, while others are going to work, or already own their own business. Whatever it is, it is going to be something different than any of us are used to.

Even though this is a celebration of a new beginning, we couldn't possibly move on without remembering the past. I don't know about everybody else, but even now, this still feels unreal. I have been waiting for this day since sixth grade, and it is strange that it is finally here. I have had so much fun these past 13 years with all of the friends that I have made. I want to thank everybody for all of the memories throughout the years. It was you guys that made school fun and interesting. From back in elementary school getting intense on the four square court or playing some tetherball, to the Friday night football games and volleyball matches, and the whole time enjoying every minute of it just because I was hanging out with my friends.

I hope that you made your time here was worth it because you have to live your life to the fullest. We don't know how long we have on this planet so cherish every moment like it is your last.

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Cherish your friends. This thought hit close to home with many of us this past year with all of the tragedies we were forced to endure. Cherish your family because without them, you wouldn't be the person you are today. I want to thank my family for raising me the way they did and for making me the person that I am today. Also, have no regrets because there isn't time for them. Everything happens for a reason. I don't know why, it just does.

And now on a more personal note, I would just like to say thanks to Kyle, Hollis, and Gomez because without you guys, I don't think I would have had half as much fun as I did through school. Never forget the Price is Right, or that one statue of that fox, or the tempo, or just mobbin' through the neighborhood. I had the best times of my life with you guys and will never forget it. I never would have made it through school without you. Mr. Barker and Mr. Gwaltney, you guys kept me focused and got me to see that the world is a whole lot different than I thought. Without your guidance, I never would have been able to get the job done. You two have taught me so much and been a bigger influence on me more than you will ever know. To the other officers; Katie, Yvette, and Amanda; you guys made my job a whole lot easier and made it much more fun with all the work we did together. It was an honorable experience for me to be able to work with you. Thanks to all the committee chairs who did all of the hard work to make sure that all of the events went off smoothly. You did an excellent job and made every event something to remember. Also, our advisers. Mr. Hauck, Mr. Sanders, Mrs. Cole, and Mrs. Powell. All of your expert advice was needed and well received. Jessica, thank you for being there for me. You put a whole new perspective on my life and I am thankful for that. And last but not least, everyone out there. Without you being there, there wouldn't have been school.

In closing, all that I can say is that it has been fun. High school wasn't what I expected, but it was something special. It was a time of freedom and new experiences, and that sense of carelessness is something most of us will never feel again. All I can say is have no regrets. It was fun while it lasted, but all good things must come to an end. I am going to miss you guys. Be safe this summer and expect a letter from me in about 10 years.

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