I am definitely in a nostalgic mood – perhaps I’m cleaning my memory bank – spurred by my need to clean the pantry and cupboards at home! I stumbled across some speeches I gave while acting as Trustee for our local school board. This one was my first speech given to a grad class – the class of 2011. Here it goes!
I am very honored to be here. I’ve known many of you for several years, and it’s been great fun watching you grow and journey through adolescence and into adulthood. I’ve been with you on field trips, track meets, volleyball and basketball games,outdoor ed trips, band trips, and more, and have loved every minute of it. It’s been a great pleasure to be there with you. So tonight it is my true privilege to bring you greetings on behalf of the school board, and to wish u the best as u leave here to start the next grand adventure of your lives.
I know that everyone is this room is thrilled to be here to help you celebrate tonight. Although tonight is about celebrating your success, it is also important to thank the many people who have helped you get here … The teachers and staff of St. Patricks, who are always very happy for you, their former students , and are proud of the part they played in helping you get here. The teachers and staff of St. Marys, also played a big role in your lives, as did the coaches, bus drivers, the youth minsters, and other parish members. And most importantly, your parents and family.
To those of us “non-grads” here tonight – we can be assured that this is a great group of young adults ready to take on life’s challenges. We have apex award winners and nominees, star athletes -zone winning golfers, basketball league MVPs, provincial volleyball champions, an outstanding swimmer, scholarship winners, musicians – whether it be in band or youth group, youth with excellent survival skills learned out outdoor ed trips (and let me tell you – if you’re ever stranded in the woods – you’d want to have any one of the students who went on an outdoor trip with you – because they can take good care of you!), cardboard boat race winners, and more – future historians, chefs, carpenters, and other tradespeople, office administrators, business managers, multi-media experts all around – this graduating class is just a great group!
It is true it takes a village to raise a child, and as part of that village, I can guarantee you that we are all very proud of you, and want the best for you as you leave our school and perhaps our community.
You have an exciting future ahead of you. Technology has opened doors that weren’t even dreamed of a few short years ago. The career you choose may not even exist yet today. So you may find it challenging to say what you are going to be “when you grow up”. And that’s OK. Statistics indicate that the average Canadian will change careers at least four or five times. So no worries. You will figure it out eventually. Some of you have a good idea of what you are going to do right away – I’ll see some of you at the College (where I work). Others are just beginning to explore the opportunities. The first few years away from here are all about learning who you are, and what you want to do. So enjoy the journey, but try to stay true to yourself and the values you have learned while here.
And we can be assured that this is a great group of young adults ready to take on life’s challenges. We have Apex award winners and nominees, star athletes, scholarship winners, future historians, chefs, carpenters, and other tradespeople, office administrators, business managers, just an all around great bunch !
Know also that you will always be a part of St. Mary’s and the Holy Spirit School Division, and that you have a “whole village” here, wishing you the best, and holding you in our hearts.
So, on behalf of the Holy Spirit Board of Trustees, congratulations, good luck, and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you journey forth. And, don’t forget to come back and visit!