Graduation speech

Gepost op 28 juni 2019 om 07:13 • Uncategorized

Good evening, fellow graduates, family, teachers and staff. Today marks a special day for us, graduates of the Saint-John college, the class of 2019. Today, we graduate, today we get rewarded for all the hard work we’ve put in throughout the past years and today our tomorrow begins.

But let’s start at the beginning, 2013, not only the year the word “selfie” was officially recognized but also the year in which, we, overly confident middle school graduates entered the battlefield that calls itself high school. The anxiety of having to find classrooms all by yourself and the ever so dramatized exams kept us however very humbled, as did the upperclassmen. It was also the year that we were ripped out of our comfort zone and had to leave many friends behind only to make new ones.
Those first two years were rough for most of us, trying to find your place in the hierarchy of the playground is quite the challenge.

You see, we were the last to transfer campus in the third year, thank God, which was also our first ever confrontation with the 100-days celebration. Now that was fun to see.

The fourth year wasn’t very different from the third.

The fifth year however came with a lot changes. People will often refer to this grade as the most difficult one and as much as I hate to admit it, they were right, with aging and progressing in high school comes more responsibility also known as more work and deadlines. But, then again, there was nothing like going to the park on a sunny day to have lunch with your friends. Or finally attending prom and having to face teachers and their cringy dance moves, under the ever so slight influence of alcohol.

After that came this year, which was the busiest, most tiring, weirdest, most emotional and best one. So much happened from September until now, the start-up of the yearbook, prom committee and the 100 days celebration, thank you to everyone involved. At the start of the year you could really sense everyone’s excitement and motivation for everything involved with those. And as the year went on we got closer than ever before and changed from several classes to one big bunch of friends, and that’s amazing. I have never seen my fellow graduates so happy and fulfilled as on the first of March. To be part of this Senior year is a true honour.
On a different note then.. this year also had some innovations, good and bad. For instance, they finally decided to use their common sense and realize a religion exam was not to be taken serious, they also came up with language tasks and some new rules that weren’t always very welcome. Most of us also turned 18 and had to go vote and most of us also actively participated in the protests for the climate, thank you for your engagement and enthusiasm. Nonetheless it was an amazing year, but it’s time for it to come to an end.

Moving on I’d like to take a minute to thank some people in the name of the whole Senior year. First of all, thank you to our parents for letting us attend this school and letting us study, thank you parents for always pushing your children and recognizing their talents and supporting them.
Thank you teachers for educating us, not only what was in curriculum but teaching us valuable life lessons and giving us advice. Thank you also for being our mentors and our support, for listening to us, for pushing our boundaries and for putting up with us, all headaches aside. We couldn’t have had better people to coach us and prepare us for the future.
Thank you to the secretary for keeping up with everything and being ever so helpful and for sometimes not writing us down when we were running late, we also want to thank you for the help with the 100-days.
Thank you to the cleaning staff for always cleaning up after us and being there every day with a smile on your face. Your help with the 100-days was very much appreciated.
Thank you to our Principals, both campuses for making this school the way it is. Thank you for everything.
Last but not least, thank you to my fellow graduates, friends, the people who were there when we needed to laugh, to cry, also when we needed notes or instructions. You guys were always there and I’m so grateful that I got to spend these years with all of you, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. You all are amazing for accomplishing what you did today, congrats, to all of you.

The past six years were a rollercoaster to say the least, but we couldn’t have grown up to who we are now without everyone here and without this school. As difficult as high school can get sometimes, emotionally and study-wise, it shaped us into who we are right now, it wouldn’t have been so fulfilling to stand here today if it wasn’t a struggle.

Enough of this sappy stuff now however, tonight is a celebration so please, go out and have fun and remember this place every once in a while. Without further ado, thank you all again and congrats to all of you. You will do great things, don’t give up, continue to fight, you’re worth it.

As Michelle Obama said: “It is absolutely still possible to make a difference”, so please, be that difference.