Good morning my fellow graduates, family, friends, and faculty. It is with immense pleasure that I’m standing before you today. Our graduation has been long awaited, and we have dreamed about it since we walked through those doors four years ago. I remember that first day as a freshman. It was scary, and new, and I couldn’t wait to be one of those seniors that I looked up to in the halls. I would have never imagined that four years would go by so quickly, or that we would make so many memories that will last a lifetime.
The past two years have not been ideal. Our junior year was cut short, and our senior year has been full of hardships. But together, we have embraced a new normal and become stronger than ever before. I would like to take a moment to thank the staff for all of your hard work and long hours to make sure that we got the senior year we had dreamed of. It may not have been the perfect one we saw in the past, but it was the most perfect one for us. I would also like to thank all of the parents and family that have supported us no matter what. It is because of you that we are graduating today.
This ceremony is to celebrate us, the class of 2021. We are here to celebrate all of our achievements, and to be recognized for all of our hard work in the past twelve years. While a diploma has always been our goal, the awards and certificates we have earned along the way highlight just how talented we truly are. I would like to offer my sincerest congratulations to those sitting in front of me today, you did it!
I would like to give a special thank you to Mrs. Sharon Privett and Mrs. Charlotte Barnett. You have stood beside us and watched us grow these past four years, and I think that I stand for us all when I say that we appreciate it more than words could ever express. I have a few words from the heart that I would like to share as well. Thank you to Mrs. Angel Stephens and Mrs. Tiffeny Stephens. You both have led me in HOSA and life, and I am truly grateful to have you as mentors and friends. I love you both dearly and cannot wait to make you proud! Mr. Mike Sexton, thank you for believing in me when I could not believe in myself. You have been the best teacher, friend, and confidant, and I could never thank you enough for all that you have done for me. To my mom, dad, aunt and uncle, grandfather, and sister, thank you for the endless love and support. I am extremely lucky to have such a loving boyfriend here supporting me today, and the most wonderful grandmother looking down from heaven. To all of my former teachers and those who I could not thank in this speech today, a huge thank you to you as well.
To the family, friends, and staff who are watching us graduate today, please know that you have influenced our life greatly. While we cannot thank each and every one of you individually, I know that my entire class extends the warmest of thank you’s in your honor. We would not be here if not for you. As I close this speech, I would like to once again congratulate each of the students sitting in front of me. I am so proud of our class and what we have accomplished. You will all go so far in life, and I am so glad that I was able to get to know you . Class of 2021 , I would like to leave you with this quote,
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”