Today is an exciting day for us, as this is the first time that we are able to have a high school graduation ceremony with students graduating at the same time. Although students have been graduating from our high school program for many years now, it has always been at different times. Today we are honored and excited to be able to celebrate this milestone with our graduating class.
There is a universal truth that we have to face, and that is that all things come to an end. As much as we have looked forward to seeing this day. Today is one of those days. But endings are also exciting, as they mark the beginning of a new period in your lives. This means new opportunities, new experiences perhaps a new country, and a chance to grow.
As you transition into your next stage and are faced with new challenges (as you most certainly will be), remember to not focus on what you cannot do, but instead focus on what you are capable of doing. Do not compare yourselves to others, do not be a follower. Take chances.
Don’t be afraid of failing because it sharpens you, challenges you, makes you stronger; and when you run away from fear, you also run away from the opportunity to be your best possible self.
Rob Siltanen, a leading and creative marketer responsible for some of the most effective and
advertising campaigns (one of them the campaign that created Apple’s Think different) said:
“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do”.
Steve Jobs said:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life… Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish”.
If you are faced with having to make difficult choices, think of American poet Robert Frost, who wrote how having to choose between two roads, not knowing where either of them would take him, chose the one less traveled by:
“Two roads diverged into a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference”.
And finally, whatever you decide to do: “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, not the goal “ –(Unknown)
Congratulations to our graduate class of 2021!