Graduation Speech : High School Graduation

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High school graduation is the most significant event of my life because it gave me a sense of completion, it has proved that hard work pays off, and it gave me a greater appreciation for my opportunities. My graduation was held on May 18th, 2015 at South Florida Fairgrounds. The morning of my graduation, my mother made me my favorite breakfast, and we later headed out to my make-up appointment. The end result of my make-up appointment was stunning, and as a bonus, I got it done for free. When I got home, I saw a bouquet of orchids with a note attached, from my dad. He congratulated me on my graduation and apologized for not being able to make it. I later left for graduation. Upon my arrival, I saw all my friends and teachers and thought everyone looked remarkable. Eventually, the ceremony began. The ceremony was not very long, but it was memorable. It was a proud moment for all the graduates and an emotional moment for me and my family. The ceremony was the icing on the cake of my entire day. The valedictorian and guest speakers gave inspirational speeches and encouraged us to go on to be the change the world needs. I ended the day at Applebee’s, where my family and I ate, laughed, and reflected on the wonderful day we had. For sure, it was a wonderful day (perhaps, the best day of my life); however, the journey to get there was not always as pleasant. As I was growing up in a small town in Jamaica, life was never easy. For some, getting to school daily was a mere struggle. Most parents in my community could not afford bus fare and lunch money for their children. Consequently, many students dropped out of school and never get the chance to graduate. Because of this hardship and my country’s rigorous academic curriculum, for stude... ... middle of paper ... ... higher education by the end of this decade.” Since completing high school and receiving a high school diploma, is the standard/minimum requirement for jobs now a days, it is imperative that one strives to attain that. Thankfully I came to this realization sooner rather than later. Graduation for me is a combination of my hard work and the payoff for the sacrifices I had to make. Despite the many obstacles I managed to persevere, with the help and support of the people around me. Through this journey, I came to the realization, even more so than before, the importance of graduation, and the lifelong impact it has in one’s life. I have learned that one should never take for granted their blessings. I have also realized that the clichés are true. One should never say never, because nothing is impossible. If one is persistent and works hard enough, the sky is the limit.
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