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South High School Graduation Speech

I first want to give my thanks to the Board of Education, Administrators, Faculty, and parents for their support during our four years in high school.

Now to the Class of 2013 …

Congratulations! We are finally free from high school and are able to take full charge of our own lives. However, after the initial burst of happiness, a pressing issue came to mind: how to say goodbye. It saddens me that I now have to part with the place that created so many precious memories that have distinctly shaped our lives. Mr. Ko’s insightful questions and extremely long exams, Mr. Dickson’s cool accent, Dr. Manuel’s sarcastic jokes, and Mrs. Montllor’s iron-fist rule, I will miss them all. And as we begin to say our farewells, I come to the realization that the beginning and ending of any process are almost equally awkward. There is the same confusion and excitement both when people say hello for the first time and when they say goodbye for the last. For we are not quite prepared for the beginning or for the end of any friendship or relationship,. The slight tension when we try to make a good first impression, the clumsy “hey what’s up?” that mark the typical first encounter are not that different from our awkward farewells. But after reading the theme of this year’s graduation, I realize that perhaps having to part has always been a necessary element of growth—from the time we parted from our baby strollers to walking on our own two feet, from the thinking chair to the detention room, as well as one of the biggest shifts in our lives, leaving our parents to attend college. For every ending of one process there is always the start of another and the memories and experiences of the previous are carried on to the next. So what we resolve to do later using those experiences is more important than having the best farewell. Some people may regret that they have talked to their friends as if they would never part; however what is worse is when friends part and live on forgetting that they have ever talked at all. 


So do not forget the past and where we came from because Class of 2013, the end is only where we begin. 


Thank you.